KEVIN Jolly has claimed that leaving Aaron Baseby out of the 2012 Mildenhall Fen Tigers team was one of the hardest decisions he has had to make during his time at the club.
The popular 21 year old was a surprise omission from the Tigers one-to-five rider line-up, which was announced by Jolly, and his fellow promoters Chris Louis and Michael Lee on Monday.
Having been drafted in just days before the 2011 National League season, the former Bournemouth rider went on to be one of the success stories of the season, and was an integral part of their National League Knock Out Cup victory over Stoke.
Baseby was widely expected to return to the club alongside Lewis Blackbird, Cameron Heeps, and Joe Jacobs, who all penned deals to return earlier this week, along with Daniel Halsey who was signed before Christmas.
“It was a very big decision we took to leave Aaron out,” said Jolly. “Aaron is a top lad and a great rider. He did exactly what we asked of him last year and was a real lynchpin in the side.
“People can say what they want but we are restricted by averages and when it came down to it he was about 0.3 over what we could fit in our 40-point limit. It was simply down to the figures why we could not include him and no other reason.”
He added: “With Aaron being one of our assets we hope to sort him out with a team for next year. On what he has achieved I am sure there will be clubs after him.”
Coming in to the team’s main body in place of Baseby, pictured, is former Scunthorpe Saints rider Stefan Nielsen.
The 17 year old, who lives in Brandon and was part of the Saints side which lifted the 2011 National League title, is expected to occupy either the number two or four berth in the team.
“Stefan has joined us on loan for the season from Scunthorpe and looks to be a rider with real potential,” said Jolly.
“Hopefully, by working with me Chris and Michael, we can develop him further and help him make the move to the next level.”
With five of the seven riders already announced, Jolly expects the final two positions in the team to be filled within the next couple of days.
One of those believed to be in line to take up one of the final two spots is a rider who last year appeared for a club based not too far from Mildenhall.
“Hopefully we will be in the position to announce both riders very soon. One of the lads is fairly local to the area,” said Jolly.
“We have built a team with a top five to carry those at the bottom end for a while, but as the season progresses we hope that the two lads at six and seven will show their potential.”