MILDENHALL Fen Tigers co-promoter Kevin Jolly insists he has not given up on luring a West Row legend back to the club as team manager.
Robert Henry, who lives in Mildenhall, turned the job down due to work commitments last month – but is believed to be back in the frame after a sudden change of heart this week.
“I am still hopeful of landing Robert,” said Jolly. “He is the man we have wanted all along and he is definitely the favourite for me.
“He loves the club and the fans love him so I want to make this happen. We aim to do a deal with his employers and hopefully he can be appointed.
“He is so keen, it is unreal.”
West Row held a fans’ evening on Saturday night – a meeting which Roberts himself attended.
“The place was packed to the rafters and when Robert was introduced to the supporters he got the biggest cheer of the night,” said Jolly. “It was incredible.”
Also unveiled at the meeting was new signing and hot Australian prospect Cameron Heeps. The 15-year-old became the club’s fifth signing – two short of what they need before the new National League campaign kicks off against Dudley Heathens on April 17.
“The signing is fantastic news for the club,” said Jolly. “This kid comes to us with a big, big reputation and if he lives up to just half of it then we will be lucky to have him.”
Jolly, who promotes the Tigers alongside Michael Lee and Chris Louis, revealed that they were in discussions with an Elite League rider – but that negotiations were likely to stall due to a £1,500 fee imposed by his parent club.
“That’s just not what we are about so I’m not sure about the deal at present,” said Jolly. “Although I did hear the rider’s dad could be willing to pay the fee so it may not be dead yet.”
Meanwhile, the SMS Fen Tigers Supporters Group handed the club a £1,000 cheque this week after staging a series of successful fundraising events.
Co-promoter Michael Lee said: “They are a vital part of the club and it’s brilliant the way they are backing us.”