FORD TARGETED VACULIK SWOOP
Poole owner Matt Ford admits he would have “moved Heaven and Earth” to sign Martin Vaculik after revealing he came close to luring the Slovak star to Wimborne Road for 2017.
The Zarnovica-born man has been a long-time target for Ford, who first welcomed him to Dorset when Pirates staged the opening round of the 2011 World Under-21 Final.
"It’s lovely to know riders of that ability are thinking about Poole Speedway and the British league. We would certainly have moved Heaven and Earth to get him in the team."
- Matt Ford
Having kept in touch with him since, Ford hoped he had finally recruited the Gorzow and Vetlanda ace for next year.
But following Vaculik’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualification at the GP Challenge in September, he was forced to admit defeat.
He told the Bournemouth Daily Echo: “I had a telephone conversation with Martin towards the end of the season. We have always had a really good relationship and I find him a really nice person and a quite excellent rider.
“Martin mentioned to me that if he didn’t qualify for the Grand Prix that he would really like to be at Poole for a full campaign in 2017. Sadly, from our perspective, he did qualify.
“I’m really pleased for him personally, but at the same time it would have been quite wonderful to have had him represent the club. In my opinion, he would have been a great signing.
“Yes, that door is closed at this moment in time, which is a pity, but it’s lovely to know riders of that ability are thinking about Poole Speedway and the British league. We would certainly have moved Heaven and Earth to get him in the team.”
Ford also revealed he had Danish racer Mikkel Michelsen in his sights, only for that deal to be thwarted by Pirates’ Wednesday race night.
He added: “Mikkel had shown an interest in coming and we had a discussion at Magnus Zetterstrom’s farewell meeting. Mikkel rode very well that day and said he had considered returning to Britain.
“He was probably one of the first calls I made after the AGM but he said it was very difficult for him with our race night being a Wednesday, so it went no further than that. Hopefully, he can get set up in the UK with someone else.”
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