Hammers snap up Swedish star Nilsson
PUBLISHED: 13:08 13 July 2011
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Under-21 international joins Elite League ranks
Lakeside Hammers today announced the signing of Swedish Under-21 International Kim Nilsson.
Nilsson will join the team next Friday (July 22) for the home fixture against Poole and comes to Purfleet intially on loan from Newport with a full transfer to follow before the end of the season.
He flies into the country tomorrow to prepare his equipment and will at the club’s National League meeting this Friday to practice at the track.
Nilsson started the season in Britain with Premier League Newport before leaving to concentrate on his dual Swedish League commitments where he is enjoying a good season.
In Sweden’s top division, the Elitserien League, he rides for Vargarna, the same team as Hammers Captain Lee Richardson, along with Nicki Pedersen, Krzysztof Kasprzak and Tai Woffinden amongst others.
In the second tier Allsvenskan League Nilsson competes for Rospiggarna, who include current Hammer Kauko Nieminen and former Hammers Andreas Jonsson and Andreas Messing in their squad.
Nilsson comes to Lakeside on the recommendation of Richardson and Jonas Davidsson and said: “I’m delighted to be joining Lakeside in the Elite League. I have heard lots of good things about the club and fans from JD (Jonas Davidsson) and I can’t wait to get racing for them.”
Explaining the change co-promoter Jon Cook said: “We have been keen to bring Kim to the Club for a couple of years having first been aware of his talent via Joonas Kylmakorpi a fair while back.
“We felt now was the perfect time for rider and club to make this move. Our hope is that Kim gives our season the kick it needs, whilst at the same time we are bringing into the club another young rider for the future.
“We are putting in place the backroom team Kim will need to succeed at this level and felt it important to get him over in World Cup week to gain track time ahead of a tough opener against the Pirates.
“The timing of this move is that our Thursday away fixtures, which clash with his Swedish second League meetings, end the night before the Poole match and we will be adjusting our double-up positions from two, as they currently are, down to one to accommodate this move.
“Who makes way is likely to be determined by availability as the Premier League fixture list has proved problematic so far and is likely to continue when it’s redrawn for August and September.
“We are also still actively working on another change, should it be necessary, having agreed a deadline with Adam Shields of next week to decide if he will attempt a return this season.”
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