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Comets Part Ways with Barrett and bring in Young Brit.
Photo by Dave Payne
Fri 03 Jul 2015 by Comets Press Office
Workington Speedway today spoke to Nicki Barrett in Denmark and informed him that a decision has been made to give him a break from British Premier League speedway to enable him to get back to being the rider that we know he can be.
Having begun the season so well in the Big C, Nicki started to struggle for form after a string of falls at Newcastle and Berwick, when he injured his shoulder in the process.

After a short break away he returned but admitted himself that he didn't feel the same on the bike and struggled for confidence, which had a huge effect on his ability to earn money and even cover the costs of his travel.

Comets owner Laura Morgan said: “I am gutted to have to do this to a genuinely nice lad who we had a lot of confidence in at the start of the season and we still do have confidence that Nicki can return to be a rider who will score good points in Britain once he gets back on it.

"But, at the end of the day we have to do what is best for the team, and to a certain extent Nicki, and that is to give him a rest from the strain of not scoring points.

"He is still part of the Comets family and we hope to see him back soon as I have a lot of time for Nicki.”

The Comets moved quickly to sign a replacement and are delighted to announce young British prospect Matt Williamson will slot straight into the team subject to BSPA approval. Matt has performed with determination and potential when he has recently guested for the Comets and has the ability to get out of the gate quickly which is of huge importance.

Co-Promoter Steve Whitehead said: “It's hard to tell a rider you like so much that he's lost his place in the side but Nicki fully understood our decision. We wish him well and have offered our help and support to get him back riding the way we know he can and he is welcome back at any time to come and practice and work with Steve Lawson if he needs to."

Steve continued: “But, it's great to welcome Matt into the side, we rate him highly as this is only his second season in the sport and he has great ability on the bike.” ”There is no pressure from us on Matt to score highly and we would just like him to continue with what he has shown us already; and the rest will come with the help of the other lads and of course our Technical Advisor Steve Lawson.

”Matt has been hoping to get into the side at some point as he has loved his times racing for us, loves the set up and loves the Workington track and fans.”

Matt Williamson was delighted with the news and said: “I've been hoping to get the call from Workington, it's the best track I've ridden by far and I've loved being a part of the team when I've guested.

"It was an easy deal to do really and I hope that I can ride the way I know I can and just learn and develop as we go, I know there is no pressure from the Workington management, which is great, and I just hope I can give those Comets fans something to shout and cheer about.”

Workington Speedway would like to thank Scunthorpe Promoter Rob Godfrey in his support with signing Matt.

Subject to the relevant official paperwork being completed and approved at the BSPA office Matt will take his place in the side a week tomorrow, in the home league fixture against the Newcastle Diamonds.
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