OLIVER Rayson has sensationally been axed from the Mildenhall Fen Tigers pre-season squad this week.
The highly-rated 18-year-old, who lives in Bury St Edmunds, is set to be offloaded to King’s Lynn in a swap deal with the Norfolk Arena’s untested Lewis Blackbird – despite being told he was an integral part of the club’s plans at the start of the month.
Speaking to the Bury Free Press this week, Rayson’s father Paul said: “It stinks to be honest. I am disgusted with the way such a young rider has been treated.
“It doesn’t make any sense to me because the promotion team had previously said that they wanted to build this new team around riders such as Ollie and Joe Jacobs. Now they’re getting rid of him.
“I believe Ollie is going to make way for Lewis Blackbird – who has never raced before – and Danny Halsey from Rye House.”
The move will see Rayson – an Ipswich Witches asset – begin a second stint in Lynn after he enjoyed an end of season spell there last year after the Tigers folded in June.
“Ollie is currently in talks with King’s Lynn, but he loves Mildenhall,” said Paul. “He has been very loyal to the club, he has a great relationship with the supporters and he is one of their favourite riders.
“I received a call from Chris Louis (co-promoter) to tell me that Ollie has had to make way. But it is a real shame.”
Rayson won a speedway bike for being nominated as the up-and-coming Conference League rider in 2008, before being rewarded with a contract at Ipswich Witches a year later. The youngster has always spoken of his desire to one day compete in the Elite League.
“We have even had fans ring us up to give their support,” added Paul. “Some are not happy at the decision. They thought they were going to see a team built around him and Joe.”