Plans to resurrect Wimbledon speedway have moved a step closer following approval of the new track. And a new signing could be announced soon.

A representative of the Speedway Control Board has inspected the Plough Lane track and given approval. A further inspection will be made once work on the track has reached completion.

Dons co-promoters Steve Ribbons and David Croucher were delighted by the outcome, " Mr Allan (the inspector) was satisfied with the progress made so far and approves of our plans for the circuit."

"We have detailed plans for the safety fence, which will include raising it another 12 inches over and above our original intentions to 5ft tall, precluding the possibility of a rider clearing it completely and hitting the Stock Car fence".

"The inner kerb and length of the circuit have also been agreed, and we are pleased that all our hard work so far is being well received".

"The real hard work yet to come, we are now looking forward to running track laying tests again at the end of January with riders trying out the 3rd and 4th bends to give us their opinion on the depth of the shale and it's consistency."

The Dons look set to announce a new signing soon. A club spokesperson commented " We hope to be in a position to unveil our new signing by the end of January. We confidently expect him to slot in as our Number One rider."

"The individual in question is a proven Conference League heat leader, with a full season of Premier League experience behind him and is prepared to commit himself to another year of Conference League racing - but only for Wimbledon".

The club have been quick to deny reports linking the Dons with ex-Don Malcolm Simmons and Dane Jan Pedersen with Ribbons stating "At no time have we approached either Malcolm or Jan."

Plans are underway to honour the memory of legendary Wimbledon promoter Ronnie Greene MBE by presenting a weekly "Rider of the Night Trophy" bearing his name.

The meeting sponsors of each and every meeting will be able to elect the Rider of the Night and have one of their guests present the Trophy.

Mr Greene promoted the club from 1937 to 1970 and during his tenure led the team to seven league titles and a hat-trick of Cup Victories.

Older supporters may be able to remember him surveying the bomb damaged Stadium during the Blitz when even a World War couldn't dampen Ronnie's enthusiasm for the sport and the club he loved so much.

His wife Maureen has graciously lent her approval and is delighted that the modern Dons are remembering a legend of the past.