Jack Kingston has made a shock return to the Mildenhall Fen Tigers just days after deciding to take a break as he replaces another sudden departure.
Club promoter Kevin Jolly confirmed last week that the 19-year-old had decided to take time away from his riding duties following the conclusion of last Sunday’s British Under-21 semi-finals.
However, with a further shock arriving this week with the news that Liam Rumsey had quit the Tigers just days before the new National League season commences against Kent Kings on Sunday (3.30pm), Kingston found himself back among the team for Wednesday night’s Knockout Cup second leg defeat at the King’s Lynn Young Stars.
Speaking of the return, manager Rob Henry said: “I think we have resolved a few things with Jack having spoken to him after Sunday’s meeting.
“He seemed a lot brighter and that’s how we want him. We need him coming in and riding with confidence.
“Before his break he was going out there worrying about things in his head before taking to the track. If we have resolved that we are halfway there.”
The news of Rumsey’s immediate departure came following a phone conversation with Jolly on Tuesday and followed the Tigers’ disappointing 52-38 Knockout Cup first leg defeat at home to the Young Stars.
The setback left Mildenhall scrambling to find a stop-gap replacement for the second-leg, while also having to find a replacement to fill the difficult number two position in the team.
“Following a conversation, Liam felt he was under pressure to score points and that his team place was not secure,” revealed Jolly.
“It has been a difficult start to the season for him, and for the club, and in some respects everyone is under pressure at the moment, but that is the nature of the game I am afraid.
“Liam is welcome to practice after our meetings anytime and is always welcome at West Row. The club wish him well in the future”
n The signs were not good in heat one of Sunday’s first leg defeat when James Cockle beat Danny Halsey while partner Rumsey was beaten by Josh Bailey.
Tom Bacon and Luke Ruddick responded with a 5-1 win in heat two, before Connor Mountain shared heat three.
The damage was done in heats seven and eight as Connor Coles fell, allowing the visitors to claim a 5-1 heat win, before a tape exclusion for Ruddick led to another 5-1 win.
Two shared heats quelled the storm only for further wins in the next three heats to move the visitors 16 points ahead.
A Halsey win and Mountain third-place finish in heat 15 reduced the deficit but the result left Mildenhall a mountain to climb.