SPEEDWAY: Aussie ace Ty Proctor becomes King’s Lynn’s third signing for 2019.
Proctor was one of the Stars’ most consistent riders last season, finishing third in the club’s averages despite struggling with injury.
As well as his on-track presence, the 31-year-old has become a leader in the pits and the decision to re-sign him was a no-brainer for Stars’ boss Dale Allitt.
He said: “Last season was Ty’s first back in the Premiership for a few years and to perform the way he did overall was quite admirable.
“We made him vice-captain and he was absolutely fantastic with the rest of the boys.
“He was a big part of the groove that held things together and he increased his average quite significantly.
“It’s quite funny with Ty because the Ty Proctor that fans see on race day is nothing like the Ty Proctor we see away from raceday.
“He’s lots of fun, always got plenty of jokes up his sleeve which are often at someone’s expense and he really is great for team spirit and atmosphere.
“Ty never shirks responsibilities, he’s full of character and determination, and I still believe he can improve.
“I’m really looking forward to having him back in the team and really looking forward to seeing what he can do in 2019.”
Proctor himself has made no secret how much he enjoys being at the Adrian Flux Arena.
He said: “I loved being at King’s Lynn last year, I love the track and I feel even more so now, that this is the club I want to be at.
“Everything comes across as very professional with the training camps and all the little pieces that go with it like the press conferences after meetings.
“I felt like I had a consistent season in the Premiership. I had some injuries towards the end of the year but I felt like at home I was very consistent and I did my job.
“For me going forward I want to up my consistency away from home.”
λ Proctor’s return was revealed last night in front of a sell-out evening with fans at the Adrian Flux Arena.
Organised by the club, the event was hosted by sports commentators Kelvin Tatum and Nigel Pearson.
Speaking ahead of the evening, Allitt said: “I think people will be pleased with this signing and I hope they are pleased with all of them because there is always a lot of thought that goes into a team, it’s not just about picking names out of a hat.
“I sat down and looked at what strengths and weaknesses people had and I am sure that the rest of the team, as and when they’re announced, will be popular.”
Proctor’s signing follows hot on the heels of the recent announcement that last year’s captain and British champion Robert Lambert will be returning for the new season.
Lambert was honoured at last week’s local unsung heroes ceremony.
He walked away with the KL.FM Sports Person of the Year award during a packed evening held at Lynn Corn Exchange.
Danish rider Kasper Andersen is the other rider who is also confirmed as having a place in the Stars’ line up.
East Anglian flavour to start season
SPEEDWAY: The 2019 SGB Premiership fixtures have been released and bring a real East Anglian flavour to the opening month for King’s Lynn Stars.
The season opens with a trip to Ipswich Witches in the Premiership Supporters Cup on Thursday, April 4.
The first home meeting is on Monday, April 8, when Poole visit the Adrian Flux Arena in the Premiership Shield.
The Stars, who finished runners-up in both the playoffs and Knockout Cup last season, start their league campaign with the short trip to neighbours Peterborough Panthers on Easter Monday, April 22.
Thu 4 Ipswich PSC A
Mon 8 Poole PS H
Thu 11 Poole PS A
Mon 15 Ipswich PSC H
Mon 22 Peterborough Prem A
Mon 29 Swindon PSC H
Mon 6 Ipswich Prem A
Thu 9 Swindon PSC A
Mon 13 Wolverhampton Prem A
Thu 16 Belle Vue Prem A
Mon 20 Poole PSC H
Mon 27 Peterborough Prem A
Mon 3 Wolverhampton Prem H
Thu 6 Swindon Prem A
Thu 13 Poole PSC A
Mon 17 Ipswich Prem H
Thu 20 Ipswich Prem A
Mon 24 Belle Vue Prem H
Mon 1 Swindon Prem H
Thu 4 Poole Prem A
Mon 8 Poole Prem H
Thu 11 Swindon Prem A
Thu 25 Peterborough Prem H
Mon 5 Ipswich Prem H
Thu 15 Wolverhampton Prem H
Mon 19 Peterborough Prem H
Thu 22 Belle Vue Prem H
Mon 26 Belle Vue Prem A
Mon 2 Wolverhampton Prem A
Mon 9 Poole Prem H
Thu 12 Poole Prem A
Mon 16 Swindon Prem H
PSC: Premiership Supporters Cup
PS: Premiership Shield