Pulham St Martin-based speedway rider Josh Bailey has made a move to the Premier League after signing for Scunthorpe Scorpions to complete their 2016 line-up.
Under the regulations for the 2016 Premier League, each side must name a home-grown rider at number seven on a 3.00 average who is eligible to ride in the National League.
The promising 18-year-old has spent two seasons riding for the King’s Lynn Young Stars in the National League, in which time he has progressed from a rookie to a rider who often top scored for his team in the second half of the 2015 season.
Among his notable performances was a 17-point score for King’s Lynn against a powerful Cradley Heath side, which helped the Young Stars to a 46-44 victory over the Heathens at the Norfolk Arena.
He also finished second in a recent Amateur meeting at Scunthorpe’s Eddie Wright Raceway.
On the decision to bring Bailey into the side, Scunthorpe promoter Rob Godfrey said: “Josh comes very highly recommended from Dale Allitt at King’s Lynn.
“We looked at his scores in the second half of 2015, and it’s clear he’s come on a bundle and is ready to be given a shot at Premier League racing.
“He deserves a chance and we’re delighted to give it to him.
“King’s Lynn is a flat-out track like our own Eddie Wright Raceway, and if he’s learnt the fastest way around the Norfolk Arena, then he’ll be fine around Scunthorpe as well.
“Not only that, but he also hit double figures around tracks as different as Birmingham, Stoke and Coventry.”
Godfrey is very much in favour of the rule that has seen the introduction of the likes of Bailey to the Premier League.
“The introduction of a rule along these lines is something I’ve been in support of, for a long while,” he added.
“It’s not a complete solution to just have one guaranteed spot in the team for a British youngster, but it’s a start.”