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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Rider Irving had bust-up with team owner before Workington Comets release

Former Workington Comets rider Gary Irving has said a difference of opinion between himself and owner Keith Denham was one of the main reasons why he was dropped from the speedway team.

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Gary Irving

Irving was informed by Denham on Monday that he had been released and was replaced by National League rider Ashley Morris.

Irving has been scoring well above his three point average during the season but Denham said that he expected the Carlisle-born racer should be racking up scores of between seven and nine every home meeting.

Irving said: “Naturally I am disappointed but when I had a discussion with Keith we wanted different things.

“At the start of the year I was told to be more consistent, stay on the bike more and not try too hard for the win.

“I feel I have done that but Keith obviously has different ideas and I can’t see his reasoning behind dropping me.

“For the past month I have not been happy with the way things have been run but it is Keith’s team and this is the way he wants to run it.”

Irving had admitted that recently he had a couple of bad meetings, wasn’t happy with the changes of track conditions and hadn’t been enjoying his racing.

Irving has already being fixed up with a new side as parent club Scunthorpe quickly snapped him up following his release from Workington but has praised the Comets fans.

He said: “The Workington fans are one of the best in the country and I have nothing bad to say about them.

“I am very grateful for the support they have given me but it is just a shame the ways things have ended up.”

Irving has been replaced in the side by Dudley’s Ashley Morris and he will make his debut, along with fellow new sigining Tero Aarnio, at Somerset tonight before taking his first rides as a Comet at Derwent Park tomorrow against Redcar.

The 18-year-old, who is a team-mate of Adam Roynon at Dudley, believes he can handle the step up from the National League and score big points. He has raced for Premier League sides Leicester and Edinburgh as well as making guest appearances for Comets.

He said: “I had been hoping for a club and it is great now that I am at Workington and I want to get as many points as possible.

“I think now I am a lot more sharper from the gate and have good equipment.

“As soon as I get my bikes set up for Derwent Park and get it dialled in I will enjoy my racing.”

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