TRANSFER NEWS: Transfer window shuts – here’s where riders ended up…
British Cycling have released all the winter moves on first licenses and Elite League licenses. The big news being Gavin Wheeler is most likely on his way to Horspath from Poole on a full transfer (paperwork pending).
The Elite League clubs have been busy preparing for 2016, at this stage it looks like being a close series with good share of top riders spreading out across the six clubs.
Horspath have snapped back up Newport’s Mark Carmichael and Jack Harold, along with promising Swindon youngster Jake Neighbour, as well as Wheeler expecting to complete his move in the coming days. Other Newport rider Nick Evans makes his way to champions Wednesfield, where he will be joined by Edinburgh’s Mikey Hewitson who switches from non-participating Sheffield and Astley and Tyldesley’s Junior International Reece Pollitt, while Matt Smith completes a full transfer move from Birmingham.
No less than seven northern riders head for Coventry, with their biggest signing in the form of 3x British Champion Andy Angell, joining the Godiva City club. Manchester riders Chris Parish, Ben Higham and Jake Read all follow suit, along with Angell’s Sheffield team mates Gavin Parr, Pawel Idziorek and Adam Watson making their way down to the Midlands for the Elite League campaign.
Poland’s Michal Sassek and Prezemek Binkowski bring in further options for Coventry, along with Australia’s Shane Bentley, should he make it over to the UK. Leicester’s promising rider Michael Baldock also joins after impressing in the Midland League last year.
Ipswich have raided Leicester’s roster too, with Craig Marchant and Kev Burns heading for Suffolk. Hethersett’s Dan Chambers will meet up with them there, along with one of the biggest signings of the winter, Australia’s Cody Chadwick, already in the UK and signed up to the Eagles on a first.
Birmingham’s strong Midland League base is boosted by the return of Marcus Wadhams and Sheffield’s Ryan Hoyland. Jamie Ball and Jamie Whetton sign from East Park, adding to their overseas Polish contingent of Patryk Kriger and Szymon Kowalczyk.
Poole will be reeling the apparent loss of Wheeler. Harris re-signs, along with Hunt from Swindon, and veteran Dave Murphy. The Dorset side could still have a few tricks up their sleeves though, should they boost their young side, spearheaded by Greg Gluchowski, with some signings from overseas, if that is the case, we could have six teams all capable of grinding out results.
A interesting season awaits…
|Joe||Allen||Astley & Tyldesley||Sheffield|
|Prezemek||Binkowski||Astley & Tyldesley||Coventry|
|On Hold –
Non Elite League Rider Elite League Licence Registrations Approved –
|First||Surname||Primary Club||Elite League Club|
|Reece||Pollitt||Astley & Tyldesley||Wednesfield|