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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Workington Comets skipper Richard Lawson first to sign for 2013

Workington Comet Richard Lawson has been confirmed as the speedway team’s first signing for 2013 – his fifth season at Derwent Park.

Richard Lawson photo
Richard Lawson

The Maryport ace will also return as captain next year and co-promoters Tony Jackson, Laura Morgan and Steve Whitehead said it was an easy decision to have Lawson back.

Lawson finished last season as number one for the team but Jackson said he would wait until the rest of the squad was signed before revealing which position Lawson would ride at.

Lawson said: “I am chuffed to bits to be back at Workington. I have already been here four years and feel really comfortable here.

“The fans here are great and there was really only one place I wanted to be and that was Workington.

“I don’t think it will come as a surprise to a lot of people and have always made my intentions clear - I like Workington, feel comfortable here and have kept getting better so I hope I can continue down that road.”

Lawson said the team spirit the team had last year was fantastic and made his job as captain very easy.

He hopes that the core of last season’s team can return so he can experience the same type of camaraderie next year.

“I really enjoyed it last season because we had such a good bunch of guys who worked well together and we had fantastic team spirit,” added Lawson.

“I enjoyed helping out the reserves and lower order team members.

“To have most of the team back will be the best case scenario but I know the management have to do the deals and get the averages to fit in.

“However, if we carry on with near enough the same team as we had last year we could have an advantage over the other sides because we already know each other and how we ride together.

“I have enjoyed riding at Workington, know it is the right place to be and it was pretty easy to tie a deal up.”

Lawson also said that his Elite League side Peterborough had already shown an interest in him but wanted to wait and assess all his options before committing to any deal.

Co-promoter and team manger Jackson said: “We are delighted to have Richard back as he was tremendous as captain last year.

“The deal was done very quickly as he is our asset and as always he was a pleasure to deal with.

“We will now see how it goes with piecing together the rest of the team.”

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