Plymouth Devils line up new signings
PLYMOUTH Devils' team boss Lee Trigger is hoping to entice two of last season's stars back to the city speedway team.
Trigger is having talks with last season's skipper, Cory Gathercole, and Todd Kurtz, who both played major roles at the St Boniface Arena during a difficult campaign for the Devils.
The Devils' team manager is also talking to a so far unidentified Elite League rider about taking the number one spot on the team.
Trigger admitted he had not progressed as far as he would like with team-building because of uncertainty surrounding the ownership of the Devils.
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The Plymothian, after enduring last season's disappointment of bottom position in the Premier League, had decided to call it a day at the St Boniface Arena.
But a consortium who are in the process of buying the club have persuaded him to change his mind.
Trigger said he was delighted to be back at the Marsh Mills-based club, but added: "To be honest, I haven't got very far with building a team.
"I'm in talks with probably three or four riders, but there's been so many ups and downs with the club that it's difficult to know what's been happening.
"First the takeover has been on, then it's been off, then it's been on again.
"I'd almost rather it had been off than have your hopes built up, then it went wrong again.
"But since the takeover was on again, it's been manic trying to get everything done.
"I'm hoping Cory (Gathercole) and Todd (Kurtz) will be back next season, which is a major start.
"Nothing's been put in writing yet, but with Cory it's down to sorting out the finer details. He seems keen to come back."
Gathercole took over the team captaincy mid-way through last season and immediately blossomed as a leader and as a rider.
Kurtz was one of the most improved riders of last year, adding consistency to his repertoire.
Trigger said he was looking for a sponsor to his number one rider.
The Devils' team manager said: "What we really need is for someone to loan us a van for the season, because he'll need it to get him around.
"I don't want to say who he is yet, but he's a full-time Elite League rider and he will do a number one's job.
"However, he's also going to cost a number one's money, so we need some help with that."
Trigger said he was convinced the team would do better in the Premier League – UK speedway's second tier – than they had over the past two seasons.
In their first year in the Premier, Devils finished second-bottom. Last season, they finished rock bottom.
Trigger said: "I'd like to think we can make the top six and the play-offs.
"Bottom or second-bottom is not going to be acceptable."