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Ty Proctor completes the 2016 Comets line-up!
Photo by Dave Payne
Thu 17 Dec 2015 by Comets Press Office
Ty Proctor signs on as a Comet for the 2016 season.
The Workington management are delighted to announce that the Comets line-up for the 2016 Premier League season is now complete with the signing of Australian rider Ty Proctor.

The 28 year-old from Longwarry in Victoria joins the club on a 6.68 average, fitting within the 6.87 points the Comets had available for the final place in their side. This brings the Comets combined starting average up to 42.31, and so fitting within the 42.50 limit for team-building.

Comets owner Laura Morgan could not hide her delight at having completed the team building process and said:

“It is with some relief that we are now complete and, with several new faces wearing the Comets race-jacket next season there is a very refreshing look about the side. To be honest I am quite excited by this line-up and I hope that our supporters are too.

"We made contact with Ty a few weeks ago but until he had secured his visa via the Australian State Championships he did not want to tempt fate by talking to anyone about 2016, which was understandable after the problems he had earlier this year with his visa when with Sheffield.

“But, having won his third Victorian State title two weeks ago, ironically on the same day that Mason won the Queensland Championship, he was then willing to talk about next season.

“It soon became clear that he was keen to join the Comets and after some negotiation we are delighted that we have been able to agree a deal that suits both parties and we can head towards the Christmas period with our side complete.

“Ty is the final piece in the jigsaw and I feel that we have a great mixture of youth and experience in our side and every team member is capable of increasing their average, which is important if we are to have a successful season. I am very much looking forward to March already!”

Proctor first came to the UK in 2008 where he linked up with Redcar and has extensive Premier League experience as well as having gained a lot of Elite League experience with his parent club Wolverhampton. Having picked up an injury mid-way through 2014 that curtailed his season he then saw his 2015 season cut short when he was unable to meet the new criteria for a visa and was forced to return home to Australia.

But, with the injuries and visa problem firmly behind him he is very keen to make up for lost time and get back to his high-scoring best, which he hopes to do with the Comets.

Comets co-promoter and team manager Tony Jackson said: “I feel that the signing of Ty could well turn out to be one of our most significant. He is definitely on a falsely-low average in my opinion and, from talking to him he is very determined to get back to where he was a couple of years ago, which can only be good news for us.

“Ty will be joining Mason in the Australian Championship rounds in early January and hopefully that will give both of our Australian riders a boost as they look towards a busy, and hopefully successful, UK season.

“The signing of Ty gives us four riders that have stated that they will be pushing to be number one next season and with Adam Roynon also keen to get back up the averages, plus the improvement that will surely come from Mason Campton and Matt Williamson, I feel that we have plenty of potential in our side to challenge for silverware!”

Ty Proctor becomes the third Wolverhampton asset within the Comets ranks for 2016 (Kenneth Hansen and Ricky Wells being the others) and with two English riders, two Danes, two Australians and an American, the full Comets line-up for 2016 now reads: Ricky Wells (8.86), Claus Vissing (7.54), Kenneth Hansen (6.84), Ty Proctor (6.68), Mason Campton (5.00), Adam Roynon (4.39) and Matt Williamson (3.00).
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Last Updated :  Thu 17 Dec 2015, 19:15 UK
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