SEDGMEN SEALS ACES DEAL
Australian Championship runner-up Justin Sedgmen has salvaged his British speedway season after securing a deal with the Belle Vue Aces.
The 25-year old from Mildura joins former Edinburgh team mates Craig Cook, Steve Worrall and top flight debutants Jack Smith and Dan Bewley in the new look Aces side in 2017.
Sedgmen stormed to second spot in an impressive Australian Championship series in January, but then dashed to the UK to hold talks with clubs, fearing he would be left jobless when his visa expired in January.
"To be in the new stadium working with Mark as my team manager, and working with guys like Craig and Stevie, as well as the new promotion, is an exciting and amazing opportunity."
- Justin Sedgmen
Happily for the former Swindon man, Aussie and Aces boss Mark Lemon stepped in to offer him a deal and Sedgmen is relieved to be back in the UK.
He said: “I honestly didn't think I’d be racing in the UK this year. For one reason or another I couldn't go back to Swindon, and as time wore on places in all the other teams were being filled.
“As we went into January I knew my work visa was running out. I’ve spent most of winter working with Mark Lemon and he contacted me to say there might be something for me at Belle Vue.
“To be in the new stadium working with Mark as my team manager, and working with guys like Craig and Stevie, as well as the new promotion, is an exciting and amazing opportunity."
Belle Vue's new director of speedway Lemon added: “Justin is a very capable rider with plenty of ability. He’s been around for quite a long time and when you consider he’s only just turned 25, it’s quite remarkable.
“I don’t feel we’ve yet seen his true potential here in Europe. His results in Australia are second to none. His form has just been dynamite as we saw in this year’s national championships.
“We just need to nurture that form and transfer it into his racing over here before the opportunities he deserves dry up, which they could do if he doesn’t deliver. I’ve every confidence he can do it.
“I’ve never had the opportunity to work with Justin as manager to rider. But I know him very well. We come from the same home town in Australia so hopefully I can help get the best out of him.
“I’m equally hopeful that he will respond well under my management. He has a very attractive average for a rider with his skill and I’m very surprised that his parent club didn’t snap him up.
“Nonetheless, it’s great news for Belle Vue and we fully intend to capitalise on Justin’s average, as well as his affinity for big tracks like ours. After that, we just need to hone his consistency.”
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