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PREMIERSHIP | KLINDT COMPLETES POOLE SIDE

Poole boss Matt Ford insists Danish star Nicolai Klindt is “getting better with age” as he completes Pirates’ 2019 septet.

24 / 12 / 2018, 07:30

Poole boss Matt Ford insists Danish star Nicolai Klindt is “getting better with age” as he completes Pirates’ 2019 septet.

The 29-year-old joins forces with Aussie trio Jack Holder, Brady Kurtz and skipper Josh Grajczonek, plus Richie Worrall, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen and Nicolas Covatti as the SGB Premiership champions bid to defend their crown.

Chris Holder said to me that he felt Nicolai coming in last year won us the title and it’s hard to disagree too much with that. He made things happen with his gating ability and did us proud.

Matt Ford

After returning midway through the 2018 season following an injury-hit year at the club in 2017, Klindt played a key role in Poole winning their first title in three years.

Ford said: “Hopefully the fans will see Nicolai’s signing very much as an early Christmas gift. He is hugely popular, is improving and has had a great 18 months remaining injury-free.

“Chris Holder said to me that he felt Nicolai coming in last year won us the title and it’s hard to disagree too much with that. He made things happen with his gating ability and did us proud.

“He’s a welcome addition and well-looked-after locally. He picks up more sponsorship locally than probably the rest of the boys put together because he works hard and is approachable.

“I look forward to him progressing even further with us. He won the league in Poland and won both leagues in Britain in 2018 and is clearly someone who is maturing and getting better with age. I am really pleased he’s back.”

Klindt returns on a 6.61 average as Pirates join Belle Vue, Swindon and Peterborough in completing their team.

 

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