FIM SGP2 star Keynan Rew says Ipswich was the ideal place to launch his British career as he returns to Witches colours for 2024.

Rew started his European career in Poland but was tempted to make his debut in the Sports Insure Premiership with Ipswich in 2023, helping the Witches win the Knockout Cup and reach the Premiership Grand Final, which they narrowly lost to Sheffield.

Rew was pleased he picked Ipswich as his first UK club and can’t wait to return, joining forces with Speedway GP star Jason Doyle once again.

He told the club’s website: “It was always the plan to be back at Ipswich next season. I really enjoyed my first year there and couldn’t have started at a better place in Britain. Chris (Louis) and Ritchie (Hawkins) were awesome to work with in my first year and very helpful, so I’m very grateful to be back next season.

“It was definitely a learning curve for me. There were ups and downs as there always are. It was my first season here so there was a lot to learn, and I think I learned a lot. 

“Hopefully I can take that forward and, from a team perspective, it was awesome to win the Knockout Cup. We just missed out on the league, which was a bummer, but there is always next year.

“It was an awesome feeling to win the Knockout Cup at home in Ipswich in the second leg. I feel like it was a present for Chris and for all of the hard work the boys put in this season. We all got along great, and it was a great bunch of guys and there was a good atmosphere. Of course, it was a bummer to lose out in the play-off final, but it is what it is.

“Everyone sets themselves goals for their season and I have many that I would like to achieve. I would like to come back and finish what we started; it would be cool to push for that league title.”

Rew missed out on an FIM SGP2 medal by one point, finishing fourth in the FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship. He hopes to qualify for the three-round series once again and become Australia’s first world junior champion since Jaimon Lidsey in 2020.

He said: “It was my first year in SGP2, so it was good to qualify for that. I came up a little bit short in the end with the goals I would have liked to achieve. 

“It makes me strive for bigger things next year, so hopefully I can push on. I’ve got to do the qualifiers again, but hopefully I can get through that, and the goal is to be a World Under-21 champion. I will work my hardest and hopefully we can get there.”