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Comets line-up is complete - AGAIN!
Photo by Colin Burnett
Tue 15 Mar 2016 by Comets Press Office
The Comets have now filled the remaining place in their line-up by signing the exciting and highly-rated Danish rider Rasmus Jensen on loan from Plymouth.
After several weeks of speculation as to who would fill the gap in the Comets side following Ty Proctor's late decision to delay his return to the UK, the club have today announced the signing of the highly-rated 22-year-old Danish rider Rasmus Jensen.

Plymouth asset Jensen, who first joined the Plymouth Devils mid-way through 2013, ended last season with Somerset after being drafted into their side for their Premier League title run-in and what turned out to be a successful Knockout Cup final, where the Rebels defeated eventual league champions Edinburgh over two legs.

Despite him having initially intended to sit out the 2016 British campaign, and concentrate on commitments in his native Denmark as well as mainland Europe, the Comets management opened negations with Jensen and they have now been able to secure his services.

He will come into the Comets side in a second-string position, starting on a 5.92 average, which is a figure that the Comets management certainly feel he is more than capable of improving upon.

Club owner Laura Morgan said: “Everyone we have spoken to rates Rasmus very highly. He is also a good friend of Kenneth Hansen, who really thinks that the move to Workington will suit him perfectly, and by having Kenneth and fellow Dane Claus Vissing in our side it will surely help him to settle into his new surroundings.

“It is a big relief to finally fill the blank space in our team, and I will admit it has not been easy, but we are delighted with whom we have secured and we all look forward to seeing him in action as a Comet.”

Rasmus is currently practicing in Poland where he is also set to race in some challenge matches over the next ten days or so and, coupled with the lateness of his signing, this means that he will not be able to attend this coming Saturday's official press and practice session at Derwent Park or the ‘Meet the Riders' event at the Waverley Hotel on Friday evening (7:30pm start).

Morgan added; “It is unfortunate that he won't be here this weekend, in fact we even looked into the possibility of flying him in from Poland for Friday and Saturday and then flying him back out there late on Saturday or early on Sunday.

"However, pre-arranged commitments in Poland meant that it soon became evident that trying to do that was a non-starter.

“Nevertheless, we will ensure that he gets some practice laps around Derwent Park before he makes his first official appearance there as a Comet!”

The Comets season gets underway at Derwent Park on Easter Saturday, 26th March at 7:00pm, when they entertain the highly-rated Newcastle Diamonds in the first leg of the annually contested Ian Thomas Shield, which the Comets currently hold after defeating the Diamonds over two legs last season.
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Last Updated :  Tue 15 Mar 2016, 16:10 UK
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