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Hammers start building with Bridger

PUBLISHED: 12:31 21 November 2012

Lewis Bridger (white) chases Lakeside's Nilsson (red) during the Lee Richardson Memorial event at Arena Essex (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

Lewis Bridger (white) chases Lakeside's Nilsson (red) during the Lee Richardson Memorial event at Arena Essex (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

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Elite League club reveal first signing for 2013

Lakeside Hammers confirmed the signing of Lewis Bridger for the 2013 Elite League season this week, in a swap deal with Eastbourne which sees asset and former captain Adam Shields returning to Sussex.

Bridger showed his liking for the Purfleet Raceway during the Lee Richardson Memorial meeting, finishing second behind Darcy Ward and ahead of a host of the world’s top riders.

The Great Britain international will also be linking up again with Hammers co-promoter Jon Cook, who first put him into Elite League racing at the age of 16.

Cook said: “We are all absolutely delighted to have agreed this deal. It’s a great move for Lewis and Adam, as both need a new start in familiar surroundings.

“For our part we are confident we can get Lewis back on the path towards heat leader status and international achievement. He is still one of the most talented motorcyclists in this sport and I will be working with him to achieve his goals.”

On the departure of Shields, who led Hammers to the Elite League KO Cup in 2009, Cook added: “I am pleased that Adam’s love for speedway has returned and after a rough few years it makes sense that he returns at a track where he feels most comfortable.

“He’s been a great servant to the Hammers, but it’s not the greatest secret that he didn’t always enjoy having the Raceway as a home track.”

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