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Hammers unveil 2011 line-up

PUBLISHED: 09:22 22 January 2011

Adam Shields of Lakeside Hammers (TGS)

Adam Shields of Lakeside Hammers (TGS)

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Lakeside Hammers revealed their eight-man line-up for the 2011 Elite League season this week – with the odd surprise.

Lee Richardson, Adam Shields, Kauko Nieminen, Peter Ljung and Stuart Robson will all return to a Hammers race jacket from last year.

And they will be joined by Piotr Swiderski, Kyle Legault and club asset Robert Mear.

Club owner Stuart Douglas said: “I think we have built a great team. A fantastic mixture of experience and youth.

“Welcome back to Piotr Swiderski, loved by Hammers fans for his exciting style and forever in Hammers folklore for THAT swoop on Matej Zagar.

“Piotr will form a fantastic top three with Lee and Adam and is capable of upping his average this season.

“Everyone who watched young Kyle Legault riding as a guest last season knows he is a rider with a great future.

“Fast, entertaining and committed, Kyle is a shrewd catch doubling up at reserve.”

As for the riders returning to the club, Douglas added: “It’s fantastic to welcome Lee back as our No1 and I am happy to report Adam is back to his fighting Aussie best and capable of adding a point to his 7.39 average.

“Kauko and Peter have earned their paces on merit and commitment to the Hammers and are both great guys too and a joy to have in our team.

“Robbo had a torrid time with machinery last year, but we all know when he is going well he is fantastic to watch. Riding in the Premier League will definitely benefit his riding and we hope to take advantage of that.”

As for youngster Mear, who rode for the club in 2009, Douglas added: “I’m chuffed to bits. I think the sport was very close to losing Robert and that would have been outrageous.

“He’s a terrific lad and a great rider. We’re thrilled to have brought him back and I can confidently say he is thrilled to be back.”

Manager Jon Cook gave extra insight into the make-up of the squad, saying: “We wanted to make the most of what we had and also build into the team a harder edge for away trips.

“I believe that’s where this season’s team will pick up the extra points we need to make up for last season’s poor showing.

“It’s always a time of great excitement to complete the team and Stuart and I are very pleased with the enthusiasm shown by all this year’s team to make this a season to remember for Hammers fans.”


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