IVERSEN MAKES STARS COMEBACK

PAUL BURBIDGE

Seven-time Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen has completed a short-term return to British speedway with SGB Premiership side King’s Lynn.

The Stars moved for the former world No.3 when his compatriot Peter Kildemand was ruled out of the opening weeks of the season after aggravating an old injury – reportedly a shoulder problem.

Iversen is a huge fan favourite at King’s Lynn, having started his UK career with the Stars in 2001, before returning for a lengthy stint between 2011 and 2016 and lining up for them again in 2018.

King’s Lynn team manager Alex Brady hopes to see Kildemand back in the side at the start of May, when the club website confirms “the situation will be reviewed.”

He said: “It’s a big disappointment for Peter and we send him our very best wishes and hope to see him back here in May. Peter was an exciting signing for us and he was equally as excited as we were when we got the deal over the line.

“I returned from holiday to a message from him explaining the situation and that he can’t come over at the moment but will step up training soon.

“In the meantime Niels, who is a club legend at Lynn, readily agreed as long as everything fell into place, which it did, and he’s on his way back to the Adrian Flux Arena.

“It’s great news for us and the fact we were able to do this so quickly is a true sign of how he feels about King’s Lynn as a club and the supporters. He’s here to help us out at the same time as giving himself more meetings before the Polish, Danish and Swedish leagues kick in.”

Iversen is also set to line up for Polish First Division club Lodz, Swedish side Indianerna and hometown team Esbjerg in Denmark.

Stars co-promoter Dale Allitt admits there were fears the club would not be able to track a guest or use rider replacement to cover for Kildemand, as he is yet to race for them. This prompted them to bring back club favourite Iversen.

He said: “All the signs were we wouldn’t get a guest facility for Peter so we knew we had to do something to bring in a temporary replacement.

“Niels was the one we wanted because we have such a great relationship, a true friendship with him. He’s back here for Lewi Kerr’s testimonial next Sunday, March 20, and I’m sure every Stars fan will want to be here.”

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