NO RUSH FOR NICKI ON SWEDISH DEAL
Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen is ready to bide his time in his search for a Swedish Elitserien club rather than sell himself short.
The 39-year-old is currently without a deal in one of Europe’s top leagues, although he has contracts in place with Leszno in Poland and Danish side Holsted, along with his FIM Speedway Grand Prix and Speedway European Championship commitments.
The reigning European champion insists he’s happy to wait until the transfer window opens in April, and didn’t want to rush to complete a contract.
"I have decided to wait. I think there was a lot of confusion about many things and some riders were afraid of not getting a club, so the teams have bought a lot of good Polish riders for nothing – absolutely nothing."
- Nicki Pedersen
He said: “They have made new rules where you had to sign for a club before December 1.
“With the contracts they were coming up with, a few riders weren’t sure if they were going to ride or not. Some riders have signed contracts where it’s going to cost them to ride.
“I have decided to wait. I think there was a lot of confusion about many things and some riders were afraid of not getting a club, so the teams have bought a lot of good Polish riders for nothing – absolutely nothing. They wanted to ride, but they weren’t thinking about actually making money.
“What they didn’t know is that the transfer window is going to open two weeks before the season starts. And after six matches, there is another window to get in. So I am not desperate. I don’t want to sign something that’s not fair. Everything has to be done in a fair way.”
If Pedersen was overlooked by the Swedish teams, it could pave the way for British clubs to make a move. But the Odense-born racer admits racing in the SGB Premiership is unlikely and isn’t concerned by a potential lack of fixtures.
He said: “I always say ‘never say never’, but at the moment, I can’t see it’s going to happen. I wouldn’t say that would be ideal. I don’t want to have another lot of equipment, vans, mechanics and stuff. When you do Poland, Sweden and Denmark, you can kind of work with what you have.
“I’m not desperate. We’ll see what happens. It’s down to me if my form is going to get back where I want it to be.
“I have the European Championship and the Grand Prix as well. I’ll have a lot of things to do anyhow, so I’m not worried about Sweden. If it comes, it comes. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.
“I’m not a rider who has to race all the time to stay hungry. We have seen that before. I have been injured and out for two weeks, but then I get into a Grand Prix and win it. Then I’m out for another two weeks and I still do well afterwards. I think it’s down to my head, more than anything. I don’t get nervous when I’m sitting out off the bike.”
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