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Hammers snap up Danish star

PUBLISHED: 10:30 11 December 2015 | UPDATED: 10:30 11 December 2015

Bjarne Pedersen (yellow) leads the way from Lakeside Hammers duo Andreas Jonsson (red) and Kim Nilsson (blue) at the Arena Essex Raceway (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Bjarne Pedersen (yellow) leads the way from Lakeside Hammers duo Andreas Jonsson (red) and Kim Nilsson (blue) at the Arena Essex Raceway (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

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Pedersen joins Purfleet ranks

The Vortex Lakeside Hammers have announced the signing of Danish star Bjarne Pedersen for the Elite League 2016 season.

Hammers co-promoter Jon Cook said: “We’ve been in talks with several riders and Bjarne (Pedersen) ticks all the right boxes for us.

“He has an average that has room for considerable improvement, a temperament that will fit well within our team mentality and, most of all, he wanted to ride for this club over others.

“Last season we had our first genuine number one rider in several seasons in AJ (Andreas Jonsson), but lacked the experienced heat leader to back him up and allow our young riders to score freely without the burden of expectation.

“Bjarne, like Davey Watt and PK (Peter Karlsson) before him, fits the mould perfectly.”

The club continue with team building plans, but expect to make no further announcements until after Christmas.

A new management structure will be revealed next week and Cook added: “It’s an extremely exciting time behind the scenes and we have filled the breach left by Neil Vatcher with what we believe is a coup for the club and a format that others will seek to copy.”

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