Hugely popular heat leader Dan Halsey has been unveiled as the Mildenhall Fen Tigers’ first signing for their 2014 National League team.
The Milton Keynes-based rider is set to return for a fourth straight season at the club after agreeing terms with the Suffolk outfit’s promotion team yesterday.
Halsey, who was announced as the club’s Rider of the Year at last month’s awards night, will return in his role as captain, a duty he took on this year following the departure of Lewis Blackbird.
“I am really pleased to be back at Mildenhall, it is a great club with brilliant support and to be offered the captaincy again was extra special,” said Halsey, who will ride for the Eastbourne Eagles in next year’s Elite League. “I didn’t hestitate to accept.
“Speaking with Kevin (Jolly), he has assured me we will have a very strong and competitive side and I am sure we can be right up there challenging on all fronts.”
One rider Jolly is keeping his fingers crossed the club can manage to get hold of is Danny Phillips.
The 16-year-old impressed in a number of meetings at the end of last season for the club, most notably when scoring a paid 14 total at the Isle of Wight Islanders in the opening leg of the Knockout Cup semi-final replay.
“Danny is one of the hottest properties in the National League and as such there has been a lot of interest in him,” said Jolly. “We have come to an agreement with his dad that we have first choice on him if we can agree terms with him, but if somebody does come in for a better offer there would not be much we could do.”
News of rider movements at the club follow on from the completion of this year’s National League AGM, which was held on Tuesday.
Of the major changes that took place, a team from Plymouth join the league, while National Trophy winners Isle of Wight have been given until January 31 to re-sign.
It was also announced at the meeting that Mildenhall’s home in West Row will host the National League Pairs competition for the third season running.