Tigers return for Heeps

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MILDENHALL Fen Tigers co-promoter Michael Lee has confirmed Cameron Heeps will ride at West Row again next season, providing there are no last-minute issues thrown up by the British Speedway Promoters’ Association (BSPA).

The 16-year-old Australian wowed crowds at Mildenhall Stadium in his first season as a Tiger and has also put pen to paper with Premier league outfit the Ipswich Witches.

And Lee believes Heeps’ doubling-up role with the Witches can only help make the young Aussie even better.

“That Premier League experience should bring him on at an even more rapid rate,” said Lee. “When you step up a level and then drop back down again, life can get a bit easier.

“I feel it will only improve him and we are expecting him to be a real leader next year.”

Meanwhile, the Tigers are expected to tie up the signatures of Aaron Baseby and Lewis Blackbird for another year, but just one from skipper Jack Hargreaves, Mark Baseby and Joe Jacobs are likely to remain in the side.

Because Mildenhall’s team must not start the season with their seven riders’ average points totalling more than 40, the West Row outfit must lose two and bring in a couple of up-and-coming racers on the minimum three-point average.

“We don’t really want to lose anyone, but we can’t do that,” said Lee. It’s the same for everybody in the league and we have to go out and find some new blood.

“The intention through the winter is to get a few people out on bikes and see how they go.”

Dan Halsey was the first rider to be signed up for the forthcoming campaign, leaving Hargreaves, Mark Baseby and fans’ favourite Jacobs in danger.

The latter rode well in the Western Australia State Solo Title in Perth on Saturday, finishing third – one place behind team-mate Heeps – and the Suffolk youngster will be given an opportunity to prove he can overcome a miserable 2011 and have a resurgent 2012.

“I want to see what joe does over the next three weeks or so before we make any decision,” added Lee. “We don’t want another year like he’s had this year, which was very erratic. We are hoping this trip to Australia sorts him out – we are hoping it works wonders.”