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BATES BACK IN LIONS DEN

Double British Under-21 champion Josh Bates is back at Leicester and is “excited” at how the Lions are shaping up for 2018.

01 / 12 / 2017, 11:28

Double British Under-21 champion Josh Bates is back at Leicester and is “excited” at how the Lions are shaping up for 2018.

Bates joins SGP star Martin Vaculik and Krystian Pieszczek at Beaumont Park with the club making a very strong start to its team building.

The Yorkshireman admits he made himself very much at home on the Leicester track this term and can’t wait to join the new side.

I’m really excited by the way the team is taking shape and I know there are exciting plans for the rest of the team.

Josh Bates

He said: “I like it at Leicester and I’m pleased to be sorted out to go back there. I adapted well to the track and I feel very much at home.

“The fans are very enthusiastic and I seem to have a lot of support there so it’s a logical move for me.

“I always give it my all whoever I ride for and the Leicester public know that’s what they’re going to get from me in 2018.

“I’m really excited by the way the team is taking shape and I know there are exciting plans for the rest of the team.

"For me to be riding alongside one of the top riders in the world like Martin is great for me and I think it’s tremendous for Leicester to have a rider like him next year.”

Bates admits Lions have to drop fewer points at Beaumont Park if they have ambitions of reaching the play-offs following a year which saw them win just six of their 14 home matches in 2017.

“If we can make it a fortress at home that would be tremendous,” he said. “If we want to make it to the play-offs we have to be tough to beat at home and pick up some points on the road.

“I’ll certainly be doing my bit for that and with the prospect of no fixture clashes, we should have a pretty settled side. I can’t wait to get started.”

 

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