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Pirates: Ford completes deal for Polish star Janowski
BOSS Matt Ford believes Pirates’ fans will take Polish sensation Maciej Janowski to their hearts.
The star, nicknamed ‘Magic’, last night joined Poole Coastal Aluminium on a full transfer from Swindon, with Jason Doyle moving the other way, and goes straight into Ford’s 2013 team as a third heat leader.
Ford, meanwhile, last night also confirmed Rohan Tungate would line up alongside Kyle Howarth at reserve next season, with the Aussie doubling-up at Premier League Ipswich Janowski, who comes into Pirates’ one-to-seven on a 6.13 average, last rode for the Robins in 2011 and was loaned to Kings Lynn last season.
The 21-year-old is widely regarded as one of the hottest prospects in world speedway and won his first global under-21 title in 2011, before losing out by just one point last season to Dane Michael Jepsen Jensen.
Ford, who watched Janowski score eight points as a wild card in October’s Torun Grand Prix, told the Echo: “Maciej is an incredibly good rider but still very young having only won the world under-21 title in 2011.
“He clearly has immense talent and is a lovely lad. Sometimes things fall into place and, for whatever reason, it hasn’t worked out for him at Swindon so the full transfer is perfect for both clubs.
“Despite his young age, he is already extremely talented and showed that when he appeared as a wild card in the Grand Prix. He also showed a liking for our track in the world under-21 competition in 2011 when he went into a run-off with Darcy Ward and Dennis Andersson with them all tied on 14 points.
“I like his manner and the way he goes about things and Poole continues to have a good rapport with Polish riders.
“I really think he will be a seven-point rider by the end of the season, or at least approaching it.
“I know the fans will love him.”
Ford, meanwhile, believes Aussie Tungate could be Pirates’ trump card at reserve.
The 22-year-old from New South Wales upped his Premier League average from 5.00 to 6.78 last season and was the Witches’ most improved rider.
Ford added: “I think Rohan can be a key rider for us. He has now done a full year in Britain and I think he will come back from Australia raring to go and stronger for the experience of racing here.
“I believe Rohan will really improve over the next couple of years and I would expect him to be pushing for a place in the Australian World Cup team at that point.”