Thursday December 22, 2016
CRADLEY have just one team spot to fill after agreeing a deal to bring Conor Dwyer to the club for 2017.

The 23-year-old becomes the sixth signing for the Heathens alongside Danny Ayres, Tom Perry, Dan Greenwood, Ryan Burton and Joe Lawlor.

Dwyer, who spent the last two seasons with the Coventry Strom, joins on a 4.05 average – a figure he is confident he can build on around a Monmore Green circuit he favours.

“A lot of people won’t know, but I’ve actually already done plenty of laps around Monmore,” Dwyer said.

“Last season, I raced in almost every second half after Wolves’ Elite League meetings so it shouldn’t take me too long to settle at all.

“I also know more about the club than some people might think as well. I used to help former Heathens rider Richard Franklin in the pits when I first started out and I used to dream about racing in front of crowds as big as Dudley were getting.

“I also get on well with Ash Morris so he’ll be good to turn to for advice and having raced with Dan (Greenwood) at Coventry for two years, it will be good to carry on linking up with him as well.

“I think we’ve got a strong team on paper and we should definitely be in the mix all season long.

“Being based in Coventry, it will be good to race for another fairly local team and I’m looking forward to meeting the supporters.”

Heathens team boss Will Pottinger feels the management have got the balance of their team right with just one signing remaining.

“It’s well documented that last season our heat-leaders didn’t quite get the support that was required from the lower order of the team,” Pottinger said.

“Our top three were winning races but we weren’t getting those vital second and third places when we needed them.

“This year we’ve got another top three full of quality and experience so our main focus was bringing in riders lower down the team who have got their own experience behind them and who have the potential to build on their starting figures.

“We need the likes of heats two and eight in particular to be ones where we can build on an advantage, not heats where we’re letting the opposition back in.

“We feel we’ve gone down the right path with our team building and hopefully the boys prove us to be right between March and October.”

Supporters will have a final chance to get their hands on a 2017 Season Ticket in time for Christmas tonight (Thursday). Club management will be at the Cradley Heath Liberal Club from 7.30pm for a second week running, following a record sales night last Thursday.

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