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Roynon axed and Sarjeant comes in PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Sunday, 07 May 2017

Adam Roynon signing.jpgWORKINGTON have parted company with Adam Roynon as they look to make a change to their SGB Championship line-up.

Roynon has struggled with mechanical issues especially at Derwent Park and the club say they had to act now – although they will still be staging his Testimonial meeting in September.

Club owner Laura Morgan said: “Adam approached me last week and made it clear that retiring was on his mind.

“We have been keeping an eye on Adam for the last few weeks and I am really very sad to let him go because he is a very likeable lad. But you fast learn that you cannot win the league on sentiment alone.”

South Cumbrian Roynon has been in his third spell with the Comets and throughout his career great potential has been held-back by serious injuries.

The Comets moved quickly and have unveiled James Sarjeant as a replacement for the departing Roynon.

Yorkshireman Sarjeant (pictured below) readily agreed to step into the Comets side after the Derwent Park side released Roynon at the weekend.

He is in line to make his debut in the home meeting with Berwick this weekend.

Workington owner Laura Morgan said: “We welcome James and hope he can score us the five or six-points a meeting we need from that position.James Sarjeant.png

“We have started the season OK but the draw against Redcar and the fact we should be scoring more points consistently across the team is something we had to sort.

“I'm sorry to have to let Adam go but we have to move on and as I keep saying speedway is a results driven business both for club and rider and we made a business decision.” 

Meanwhile there has been high praise for teenage sensation Kyle Bickley of Workington, who is likely to be wearing a Comets race jacket next year.

Riding at reserve he scored 12 points and a bonus for Belle Vue Colts as their winning run came to an end at Lakeside, losing 49-41.

Belle Vue manager Graham Goodwin said: “Lakeside is a tricky track to come to and I don’t think there will be many teams this year who will come to Arena Essex and leave with a point, or even a win.

  “Kyle Bickley was sensational. He took to the place very well. He was gating well, riding a good line and had cracked the set-ups. It was frustrating for the others but we’re not worried by this result.”

Berwick are set to hand David Howe a full-time return to the sport in time for their clash with Workington at the weekend.

Howe retired two years ago after a run of injuries but made several early-season appearances in Open meetings this year and will now come in for the Bandits as a replacement for Liam Carr, subject to BSPA approval.

Co-promoter Scott Courtney said: “There's always going to be mixed feelings when team changes are made and this one has been the toughest for me personally.

“On one hand we are super-excited to hand David this opportunity to again show why he has been regarded as one of the great British talents in the last 20 years!

“The other side of the coin has been a tough one. Liam Carr is a Bandit through and through, and in many ways we feel like we're pulling a boxer out of the ring to not sustain any further damage. Liam's confidence has been battered and it's tough to see.

“Liam has now gained a more realistic average that has enabled us to help him get fixed up at Birmingham in the National League, and his clean slate starts now. Rest assured we will assist where we can in helping him get back to the Liam Carr we all know and think a hell of a lot of!”

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