Date: Wednesday November 24, 2021
SHEFFIELD bosses are set to unveil their 2022 Premiership side for a second successive season in the top flight.
The club will reveal the full 1-7 next Wednesday night via their social media channels – and co-promoter Damien Bates has confirmed there will be new faces.
He said: “We’ve looked at many riders and our first focus was to keep some of the riders from last season.
“We’ve then looked at several riders we feel can add to those we are keeping to give us a strong team to compete in the Premiership again.
“I have a good feeling about the league next year, even with only six teams, hopefully that will increase going forward. 10 teams would be ideal.
“Jason Doyle, the 2017 World Champion, has already announced he will be back in the league and when you see riders like Max Fricke and Tobiasz Musielak talking about coming back it has to be good news. I’m looking forward to it already.”
PLYMOUTH have snapped up talented youngster Dan Gilkes to make the move to the Coliseum next season.
The 19-year-old spent his debut Championship campaign with Kent, whose future is now uncertain due to stadium issues, and it means the Gladiators have just one more rider for 2022 to declare.
Gilkes said: “As soon as it became apparent that Kent would not be riding in the Championship, Plymouth were one of the first teams to get in contact with me.
“This was a massive positive as they were definitely a club that I had been interested in riding for.
“I have always enjoyed riding at Plymouth. The track preparation and support I receive there has been great so to be riding there as a home rider next season is fantastic.
“I am looking forward to continuing my development and progression as a Gladiator in 2022.”