Tuesday December 20, 2016
CRADLEY have snapped up Wearside racer Ryan Burton for their revamped side.

Burton, 23, spent his debut season with Buxton and notched an average of 3.37 – mainly in the tricky main body of the side.

The Sunderland-based rider joins skipper Tom Perry, Danny Ayres, Dan Greenwood and Joe Lawlor in the 2017 side – and the club have been told Lawlor’s starting average is now 3.59 after league officials failed to hand him a figure at the end of the season.

Burton has been drafted in to start the season at reserve with the club keen to strengthen that department after a weakness last season.

Co-promoter Gary Patchett, who is building the team with boss Will Pottinger, said: “For 2017 Will and I both preferred a team that featured riders with experience at reserve.

“We agreed that we needed to keep Joe Lawlor at reserve even after his average had been reassessed at 3.59

“Ryan has had the benefit of a season's experience with Buxton after switching to speedway and even though a large part of that was spent riding in their top 5 he still increased his starting average.

“He's sure to have benefitted from that experience and we look forward to seeing what he can achieve.”

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