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Wethers in Again BUT Hansen misses trip to Redcar!
Photo by Dave Payne
Wed 13 May 2015 by Comets Press Office
WETHERS JOINS COMETS – AGAIN, BUT HANSEN IS OUT OF OUR REDCAR TRIP
SOME riders never get to sign for Workington, but Matthew Wethers has signed for the Comets for the second time in the space of just four months and he will finally make his delayed Comets debut this coming Saturday in the home KO Cup clash with Rye House – subject to BSPA Approval.

Having been denied the opportunity to start the season due to being caught up in the visa issues that surrounded many Australian riders, Matthew finally got clearance to resume his speedway career last week.

With the Comets needing to replace the injured Rusty Harrison in order to avoid having to use Rider Replacement for the next few weeks Matthew has agreed to join the Comets and so give us a full team of seven riders once again.

Comets owner Laura Morgan said: “We want to welcome Matthew to the club for a second time and this works well for all parties as it get Matthew back riding again, it gives us a full team once again and also it gives the fans a full team to support, which is very important.”

Meanwhile team manager Tony Jackson added: “Getting a full team once again is crucial because running with rider replacement is fine if you have no problems but if you have problems or lose a rider during a meeting then you are suddenly down to five riders and are stretched too far.

"With several important matches coming up we needed to sign someone and there wasn't really anyone available that was suitable but suddenly Matthew got clearance to get riding again and with his experience it made sense to sign him up before somebody else did.”

Born in Adelaide, South Australia, twenty-nine year-old Matthew Wethers, known as 'Stormy', joins the Comets on a 5.50 average and represented Edinburgh from 2003 to 2012, apart from a brief spell at Glasgow, while also gaining some Elite League experience with Poole and Wolverhampton during this time.

Following a very successful testimonial season at Armadale in 2012, Matthew was released by the Monarchs and made the short move down the east coast to Berwick, where he has spent the past two seasons; and he was the Bandits captain last season.

MEANWHILE, the Comets have been today dealt a blow ahead of tomorrow night's Premier League meeting at Redcar with the news that number one Kenneth Hansen will not be able to take his place in the side and will instead be racing in a Swedish League fixture.

Comets co-promoter Steve Whitehead has been in prolonged discussions with Hansen, his Swedish side Valsarna and the DMU regarding the position but unfortunately the outcome is that Hansen must race in Sweden.

As both are original scheduled fixtures then the latest FIM ruling is that priority lies with the team that he raced last season, which is Valsarna, but the double blow for the Comets is that no facility is permitted to cover for Hansen's absence other than a 3-point National League rider, which in this instance will be Luke Crang, who must ride at number one in the Comets line-up at Redcar.

Steve Whitehead said: “We had an understanding that as there is a squad system in Sweden we could work together on the two or three times there is a potential clash.

"However, Valsarna have been hit by the retirement of one rider on the eve of the season and with two others having been injured last week they are unable to cover for Kenneth and not surprisingly exercised their right to use him, which although frustrating is understandable from their position.”
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Last Updated :  Wed 13 May 2015, 23:13 UK
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