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LINDGREN LEAVES WOLVES

Wolverhampton have dropped SGP star Freddie Lindgren, as Jacob Thorssell, Cameron Heeps, Ashley Morris and Nathan Greaves sign for 2018.

12 / 12 / 2017, 08:59

Wolverhampton have dropped SGP star Freddie Lindgren, as Jacob Thorssell, Cameron Heeps, Ashley Morris and Nathan Greaves sign for 2018.

The Monmore Green team faced a straight choice between Lindgren and Thorssell as this year’s rules controversially only allow them one rider with an 8.00-plus average.

It has been the toughest decision I’ve had to make in 30 years. I really cannot see any rhyme or reason why they brought in a rule restricting clubs to one rider averaging eight or above.

Chris van Straaten

While Lindgren would have appeared the hot favourite for the No.1 spot, Wolves boss Chris van Straaten admits the Premiership’s drop in TV revenue, coupled with Fast Freddie’s higher average - 9.29 compared to Thorssell's 8.64 - forced him into an agonising call.

He said: “It has been the toughest decision I’ve had to make in 30 years. I really cannot see any rhyme or reason why they brought in a rule restricting clubs to one rider averaging eight or above.

“It put us in an impossible position but we have gone for Jacob. This gives us a little more scope down the lower end of the team and with a lack of TV revenue, there is the financial issue to consider.

“Having said that, I must emphasise at no time has Freddie made any unrealistic demands to this club and we are very, very disappointed that he won’t be back.”

CVS is delighted to have brought Cameron Heeps in from Somerset as well as bringing Morris back to the club and retaining the ever-improving Greaves from their 2017 side.

He said: “I saw Cameron at Somerset a couple of times last season and he’s so improved as a rider. We are pleased to welcome him to the club and I know he’s delighted to be here.

“When we decided to go down the Jacob route, it enabled us to look at Ash for a reserve spot. He’s very popular with the fans and it’s nice for us to have a local boy in the team.

“As for Nathan, he’s back by popular demand with the fans. His efforts last season were tremendous and we are pleased to welcome him back. We wouldn’t have been popular if we had left him out!”

The four riders announced join Sam Masters, Rory Schlein and Kyle Howarth who have already been unveiled for 2018 as the club look to go one better in the SGB Premiership title race after their Grand Final heartbreak.

 

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