Swindon co-promoter Alun Rossiter is pleased to announce the signing of Australian Steve Johnston as his first recruit for the new-look Robins as he strives to build-up a competitive septet for the new era of Elite League racing at Blunsdon.

Johnston spent the 2003 campaign with Belle Vue, where he remained ever-present throughout the 28-match league programme and accumulated 183-points for a very solid 6.11 average. The Australian originally began his British career with Sheffield in 1992 and again lined-up with the South Yorkshire outfit at the start of the following season, prior to a mid-term move to Long Eaton.

He remained with the Invaders until the end of the 1996 campaign, before spending 1997 at Ipswich. The exuberant rider then enjoyed a five-year stint with Oxford, during which time he played a key role in their 2001 League Championship success when he rode alongside the likes of Leigh Adams, Todd Wiltshire, Brian Andersen and the Dryml brothers.

The all-action racer will clearly bring a wealth of experience to the Pebley Beach Robins, with a delighted Swindon boss Alun Rossiter commenting: 'I'm really chuffed to have made a first acquisition for my hometown club."

"In 'Johnno' we have got a rider who will prove mega popular with our supporters and he will certainly boost the middle-order of what I plan to be a very attractive side indeed."

"I have no doubt that Steve will increase his average from last year as he will simply revel in the wide-open spaces that the Blunsdon circuit affords."

"I have previously had the pleasure of riding alongside 'Johnno' and as well as knowing him to be a bouncy personality, I also know that his preparation is always spot-on and he is an excellent team man.'



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