Tigers hope to get green light

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THE dark cloud of doom, gloom and uncertainty that has surrounded the future of Mildenhall Fen Tigers over the last six months is finally set to be put to bed.

The West Row-based speedway outfit – that saw 35 years of history vanish when the club folded in August – could have a new promoter at the helm as early as next week.

A deal has been struck by Mildenhall Stadium owner Dave Coventry and the likely buyer, but preparations for next season cannot begin before approval is gained from the British Speedway Promoters Association.

“We were hoping to get the go ahead from the BSPA at their annual National League meeting on Friday, but, not for the first time, that was postponed,” said Coventry.

“I am really confident that there will be speedway action at West Row when the new campaign kicks off in three months, but we need to push the BSPA for this much-needed approval as soon as possible.

“Potentially, we could have that confirmation some time next week.”

The unnamed promoter – who has had experience in this field at rivals Rye House Rockets – will work alongside a former Fen Tiger favourite, who also enjoyed a spell at King’s Lynn in the 1980s.

“The new promoter is enthusiastic, confident and has the funds available to be a success here,” said Coventry.

“He has his mind set on the riders he wants to bring to the club, so hopefully we will be in a position to compete well in the National League – as we did for a period last year.

“The former Fen Tiger had a good career here and he will be a popular appointment with the supporters.”

Coventry also revealed that former Tigers chief John Adams will not be returning to the club if the Tigers are saved.

Adams worked wonders by guiding a young team to the brink of an end-of-season play-off berth last term, before former promoter Ray Mascall quit his role in August.

“I cannot see John coming back now,” added Coventry. “The uncertainty surrounding the club means he has gone his own way in the sport and I am sure he will do very well.

“He is a man of integrity and has speedway in his heart and we wish him all the very best after his hard work here.

“The new promoter will have his own plans and so we move on.”