Tony Rickardsson has handed Poole a pre-Christmas boost by agreeing terms for a fourth successive season at Wimborne Road. The five-times world champion will lead the Pirates in the defence of their Elite League title and he is also looking to regain his world crown. Poole co-promoter Matt Ford said: "Tony is so professional on and off the track and his desire to win is as strong as ever."

And Belle Vue have confirmed that Joe Screen will be back at the club next season which means there is no place for the long-serving Jason Lyons. Screen, who returned to Manchester where he started his career mid-way through last season, quickly agreed terms with Aces boss John Perrin. Perrin said: "It's sad to lose Jason but we couldn't agree terms and yet we had no problem with Joe."

Lyons was the Aces' longest serving rider having spend the majority of his British career in Manchester and enjoyed a testimonial a year or two ago. He has been linked with a possible move to Poole but that is as yet unconfirmed.



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