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WARRIORS’ SKIPPER JAMES COCKLE RETURNS

jamescockleLast year’s influential captain of the Wightlink Warriors, James Cockle, will return to the side in 2017 as the club look to build on 2016’s very successful return to the sport.

James, who was an ever present in the side this season is the first name on the team sheet for 2017 and the news is sure to prove popular with fans.

On announcing her first appointment as Team Manager, Jackie Vatcher has said:

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“The return of Cockle was a no brainer as he had a fantastic debut season in Warriors colours and Warriors fans would have witnessed on more than one occasion last season the passion that James has for both the club and speedway. Those Warriors fans who were lucky enough to have witness the Warrior’s first win on the road at Coventry in early September will not forget the match winning 5-1 heat advantage James and partner Mark Baseby got over Premier League riders Tom Perry and Liam Carr.

“All the Isle of Wight management team are delighted to have made their first signing. Welcome back James!”

A delighted James commented:

“Well, what can I say. It’s a dream come true to be back on the Island in 2017 after a fantastic change of teams in 2016 from Kings Lynn. It was a move I wasn’t too sure about at first but it didn’t take long for me to realise what a great decision it was.

“The Warriors fans have been superb. They are amazing and I love the fans, they supported me in every single race this year and that was a great feeling. I’ve met some great people along the way too, as well as new sponsors.

“I cannot announce my return without thanking two great people. Jane Harvey, being one my number 1 fan who is such fun and we always have great banter. That banter and fun extended to the pits too with help of sponsor/mechanic/friend Tony Cook. Tony kept me going until the end of the season when I was putting some great scores and now I am buzzing to be back next year.

“I can’t wait to see u all very soon!”

Although the 2016 British Speedway season has now officially ended, work off track has been continuing at pace especially in terms of building upon the foundations laid over the past 12 months including maintaining existing sponsors/advertisers and obtaining new ones. The response to this push has overwhelmed joint promoters Barry Bishop and Martin Widman.

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