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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Ostergaard joins Comets

WORKINGTON Comets have moved quickly to replace injured heat leader Carl Stonehewer as they face-up to four meetings in eight days.

Within hours of being told that Stonehewer faces eight weeks in a neck brace, the Comets agreed terms for Danish star Ulrich Ostergaard.

The 26-year-old Dane was sacked by Birmingham on Sunday and 24 hours later he became a Workington rider.

Comets general manager Ian Thomas said: “I got a tip-off - and not from Birmingham - that Ulrich was going to be released so I was ready to move when that was confirmed.

“I spoke to him to express our interest and he asked for a little time to talk to his wife. Next day he rang back to confirm that he was happy to join us for the rest of the season.

“We knew that it would be no good going with rider replacement for the rest of the season without Stoney but there wasn’t much available. Ulrich’s sacking fell right into our lap because the averages were almost identical.

“Stoney was on 8.76 and Ulrich has an average of 8.47 so that was just about perfect.

“Ulrich is a Peterborough asset and they were prepared to give him a place in the Elite League team but he preferred to join us.

“He likes the Workington track and goes well round it so he’s looking forward to joining us and will make his debut against Somerset on Saturday.”

Birmingham boss Graham Drury, the former Workington team manager, broke the shock news to the former Peterborough rider after Sunday’s 48-42 Premier League victory at Mildenhall.

Ostergaard is a firm favourite with the Perry Barr fans and played his part in the weekend win with 12 points.

Drury says he had to coerce him to ride in the meeting and is taking a stance against foreign imports not treating British speedway seriously.

Ostergaard will be replaced by fellow Dane Henning Bager and the ex-Lakeside rider will make his debut in Wednesday's home match with Redcar.

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