The Eastbourne Eagles have confirmed their latest rider signing for 2017.
Knock Out Cup Winner and National League Runner Up, Charley Powell is re-joining the line up at Arlington Stadium. Last season, he earned the nickname ‘The Missile’ from Team Manager Connor Dugard and team mates, Adam Ellis and Jake Knight.
"The nickname really came down to the fact you never actually knew when Charley was going to turn, it was just a bit of fun, once he's settled down and got his own set up on the speedway he'll crack it like he showed with his grass track this year," said ex-club captain Knight.
Connor Dugard said, "There's two ways you can build your team, strength in depth or out and out top heavy, last year when we rebuilt the team we were out and out top heavy and that made us quite vulnerable in the middle order and at reserve. A lot of the other teams as you can see are putting two 3 pointers in at reserve. We have one (Tom Brennan). Charley comes in on a 4.05 and we believe he can put at least a point on that average. A couple of clubs approached us wanting to use him including the likes of Cradley."
Powell, who spent most of the season with a broken collarbone, said, "I'm really happy to be back at Eastbourne, the fans are great and the management are great too it's one big family everywhere you go, I missed a few meetings last season due to other commitments but that changes this year. I'm fitter than ever and in the gym every day, I can't wait to go practicing with the guys and more importantly racing for the Eagles!"
With 2 riders left to confirm the IT First Eagles have 9.49 points to play with for their 2 second string riders. Club Director Connor went on to say, "One of them may surprise you, but personally I feel I've built a team that can challenge for honours once again. We've won 4 out of 5 trophies in two years, that isn't bad going really."