Legend Fast Freddie Lindgren exits as Jacob takes No.1 slot

By Nathan Judah | Speedway | Published:

Wolves speedway great Freddie Lindgren is to leave the team – with Jacob Thorssell taking over as No.1 rider.

(from left to right) Chris Harris, Jacob Thorssell and Freddie Lindgren Pic John Hipkiss

‘Fast Freddie’, who first joined the Monmore outfit in 2004, was axed in what owner Chris Van Straaten called ‘the toughest decision I’ve had to make in 30 years’ as they finalised their 2018 line-up.

The agonising choice was forced on Wolves after rules were implemented meaning clubs were restricted to just one rider averaging eight points or more per meeting for next season – a rule which mystified Van Straaten.

“It’s been the toughest decision I’ve had to make in 30 years,” said owner Chris Van Straaten. “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.”

Wolverhampton have also made a new signing with Aussie ace Cameron Heeps coming to Monmore.

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

Penkridge-based Ashley Morris makes a welcome return for a second spell with the club and will be at reserve – and back by popular demand is Nathan Greaves. “When we decided to go down the Jacob route it enabled us to look at Ash for a reserve spot,” said Van Straaten.

“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 title race after their Grand Final heartbreak.

Nathan Judah

By Nathan Judah

Digital Sports Editor for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star


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