Former Great Britain international Steve Worrall has completed a surprise move to SGB Premiership side Wolverhampton for 2021.
The 2017 British Championship runner-up has raced for Belle Vue since 2015, but will be swapping the fast and furious National Speedway Stadium circuit for the tight and technical Monmore Green track.
Wolves promoter Chris van Straaten admits the chance to sign the ex-Belle Vue skipper was unexpected.
But after seeing the St Helens-born star impress while racing for Cradley Heathens in the National League in 2014, Van Straaten admits he was never going to pass up the opportunity to recruit Worrall at SGB Premiership level.
“I’d say his move here with the Heathens was the turning point in his career,” Van Straaten said. “He was unstoppable at National League level but was also riding superbly for his other clubs.
“I was surprised when he said he was looking for a fresh challenge and I wanted to talk to him.
“I believe he’s our type of rider at Wolverhampton – a good team man who never gives up and I believe this will be good for both Steve and for us as a club.
“He’s reached a certain level this season but I feel a move like this can add a spark and he can kick on from here.
“He has the task of replacing a rider who made himself a legend with supporters in Rory Schlein. Rory is a massive loss but I certainly believe in Steve we have the right man to step into his very big boots.”
Worrall joins forces with Aussie duo Sam Masters and Ryan Douglas, plus British young guns Leon Flint and Drew Kemp. Wolves have also been linked with moves for USA star Luke Becker and Aussie rider Nick Morris.
But the club has confirmed American international skipper Broc Nicol does not feature in their plans for 2022.
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