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chriswidmanspeedwayThe Wightlink Warriors have confirmed that 2016’s mid season signing, Chris Widman, is to ride for the Island speedway team once again in 2017.

Following on from the announcement of the return of club captain James Cockle, team boss Jackie Vatcher has now confirmed that Chris Widman will also be returning for the 2017 season.

An overjoyed Chris said:

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“I’m absolutely delighted to be back again in 2017 after finishing the season well and helping the Warriors finish on a high.

“The crowd are superb and with the ever increasing fan base from Team Warriors great promotional skills, I look forward to seeing and meeting new faces.

“Team building has started well with skipper James Cockle being signed and I’m sure he’s not the only brilliant signing coming along. I am now just building the bikes and learning from the mistakes I made this year, I’ll be sure to be at the tapes ready in March.”

Jackie Vatcher added:

“We are delighted to announce Chris’s return as undoubtedly, in my opinion, he’s the best rider with a four point average in the National League, and without doubt is worth twice his current average in terms of points scoring per meeting around the Smallbrook circuit.”

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Vatcher was also keen to point out that Widman is a great team man and always turns up with some great equipment which is a valuable part of being such a great team player. She added:

“Widman came in to the Warriors team last season as a replacement for the retiring No.1 Benji Compton, so in fairness to Chris he was under pressure right from the off. Now he will come in as a second string backing up the heat leaders with less pressure upon him and I am sure he will improve his 2016 finishing average – and will no doubt also be looking to add further Premier League bookings to his 2017 racing calendar.”

With 2 riders now in place, the team’s management are looking at securing a third signing before heading off to the National League AGM and finding out the total points limit for the teams competing in next season’s league.

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