BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES have agreed terms with a fifth rider for the club’s new era – but will not reveal his name until all the paperwork is in place.
Club boss Laurence Rogers has been talking to his contacts worldwide with current regulations regarding visas and other travel issues complicating matters.
However, Rogers insists the new rider will be in place in good time for the trip to Leicester on March 26 and for the opening night at Perry Barr against Coventry on Wednesday, March 30.
Rogers said: “It’s been complicated and you just can’t go out and sign a rider in two minutes these days.
“We are grateful to our contacts around the world who have offered advice and opinion and we now have an agreement in place with a rider who is an exciting talent.
“But I won’t offer any names until everything on the paperwork side is in place.
“I apologise to any fans who are running out of patience because I sound like a stuck record going over and over again but we’re getting there.
“Yes, we’ve had setbacks. I gave an interview a few weeks ago when I thought we were extremely close but then things changed.
“Ty Proctor was coming to us and then Berwick came in for him which suited him more on a Saturday rather than a Wednesday as he is working full-time in South Yorkshire.
“I get it but it was disappointing.
“I’ve had good, positive talks with riders over the last few days and we’re getting there.
“I’m keen to build in the solid foundations we have with the team in Ash Morris, James Shanes, Stef Nielsen and Josh Auty and we’re heading in the right direction.”
The club can now confirm their Press and Practice event which will take place at Perry Barr Stadium on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 23.
They will then host a Meet the Riders night at Aston Manor Cricket Club on the same evening with a minimum £1 donation to the Birmingham Speedway Supporters Club required to gain admission.
Track work continues and the club have revealed they will be taking delivery of a brand new air fence ahead of the new season.
This is in addition to the biggest upgrade of the track and drainage since the sport returned to the city in 2007.