Wednesday June 28, 2017
CRADLEY Heathens have agreed a deal to sign Shelby Rutherford from Buxton.

Rutherford will replace Ryan Burton, who has a serious collarbone injury sustained at the weekend, and will make his debut subject to British Speedway Promoters’ Association approval at Stoke on Sunday.

And that means his first home meeting for his new club will be, ironically, against Buxton at Monmore Green on Monday!

Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: “As soon as we realised the extent of Ryan’s injuries we knew we had to act.

“I was alerted to the fact that Buxton were looking at changing their side and Shelby was becoming available so I would like to thank them for their co-operation.

“He will be at reserve alongside Conor Dwyer so hopefully that gives us a bit of strength in that position and we can keep picking up points to strengthen our play-off push.

“It’s a shame for Ryan because he has made such good progress this season but we couldn’t afford to sit around, keep using unattached riders, and wait for him to come back.

“Hopefully Ryan can give us a problem later in the season by declaring himself fit – it would certainly give us competition for places.”

Rutherford’s appearance in Heathens colours on Monday night continues the connections between the two clubs as Buxton include former Cradley big-hitters Max Clegg and Matt Williamson.

Both riders won the league title during their time with the club and give Buxton plenty of strength at the head of their team.

“It’s going to be a competitive night of racing on Monday I’m sure of that,” said Pottinger. “Max and Matt were both brilliant for us but now they’re opponents we have to look to beat them.

“First and foremost, though, we have to go to Stoke and get a result on Sunday.”

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