POOLE'S SUNDSTROM MOVE DELAYED BY DISPUTE
Poole boss Matt Ford says he’s in talks with Linus Sundstrom, but a standoff between British and Polish bosses has delayed the deal.
18 / 01 / 2018, 07:00
Poole boss Matt Ford revealed he’s in talks with Swedish star Linus Sundstrom, but a standoff between British and Polish bosses has put the deal on hold.
The Dorset side have been chasing the Avesta-born rider for some time, but the move has been delayed by continued wrangling between the Polish Ekstraliga and the British Speedway Promoters Association.
The Ekstraliga is said to have offered the BSPA a deal, which would see them raise their limit on the number of other leagues a rider can compete in from two to three. But it is believed the Brits are unhappy with the number of concessions being sought by the Poles as negotiations continue.
Gorzow star Sundstrom also rides for Masarna in the Swedish Elitserien and Piraterna in the Allsvenskan League. So he would currently be unable to commit to the British Pirates as well.
But if the restriction is relaxed by the Poles, Ford is certain the move will help Sundstrom take the next step in the sport, with Avesta-born club legend Tony Rickardsson endorsing the deal.
Ford said: "Linus is very good friends with our former world champion Tony Rickardsson and he believes, as I do, that Poole is the best place for Linus to really push on to the top of the sport in 2018.
"He's a very exciting rider and one I have the utmost respect for. He will complement the riders already signed up for this year perfectly, so I hope we will be able to secure his signature in the not-too-distant future."
Sundstrom would join on a 7.22 average, where he would team up with SGP star Chris Holder, Brady Kurtz, Kacper Woryna, Mateusz Szczepaniak and Josh Grajczonek, with a No.7 still to be signed.