Lee Dicken is returning to Hull for 2003, the club with which he first rode for in 1995 and stayed with until losing his place in 2001 then having moderately successful stints with Arena Essex and Newport.

Dicken becomes the third Viking on the Hull team sheet and is looking forward to a return to Humberside as indicated when he commented: "I'm delighted to be back because as everyone knows I never wanted to leave in the first place."

The move could be just what Dicken needs to kick-start a once promising career which seemed to have hit the buffers after being axed by Hull. He did not really settle or show his best form with either Arena or Newport, so a return to familiar surroundings can make the difference to a rider still young enough to improve.

"When I was sacked by the previous management, it really hurt, especially as I had made my best start ever to a season. The way I was sacked hurt, as it was done in front of the fans at Berwick, but that is all history now and I am looking forward to thrilling the Vikings fans again. Moving away has been a good learning curve for me and I have grown up a lot."

His reliable points scoring at second string will be valuable to the Vikings and he joins Garry Stead and Simon Cartwright as confirmed starters for 2003.

Vikings fans are also due to learn the identity of two more heat-leaders next Wednesday [11 December]. The club's new owners, Nigel Wordsworth and John Bailey, are once again holding a 'fans forum' and the riders will be announced at Craven Park.