Rebels complete their team building
AS Justin Sedgman qualified for the A final in the last of the Australian State Championships at Gillman, so the last piece of the jigsaw of the team building exercise at Somerset fell into place.
AS Justin Sedgman qualified for the A final in the last of the Australian State Championships at Gillman, so the last piece of the jigsaw of the team building exercise at Somerset fell into place, with the Sharp Rebels confirming Justin Sedgman and Tom Brown as their last two signings bringing the team's running CMA's up to 42.41 for the start of the season.As the deals were completed, news filtered through that Justin had also reached the final of the Australian Under-21 event and finished fourth, quickly followed by the results from Pinjar Park where Rebels No 1, Steve Johnston had finished fourth in the final behind Leigh Adams, Simon Stead and Chris Holder."In spite of what was really a late start in terms of team building, I reckon we have a good and competitive team," insisted David Croucher."What we finish up winning will remain to be seen, but I am sure everyone would agree we have all the ingredients for some exciting speedway at the Oak Tree Arena this season, and I can't see our away fixtures being badly attended either when a completely new-look Rebels Team come to town."Johno is new to the Premier League this year and I am sure everyone will be wanting to see him, we have a brand new Aussie in Justin who will be out to impress, and a 110 per cent flat out committed rider in Tom Brown, who is on some ex-Eddie Kennett kit for 2009, and is now up for proving the point that he deserves to be and intends to stay, in the Premier League."If Cory Gathercole has a safe season, he will be heat leader status by the end of the season, and add that to Emil Kramer, who has a higher match average than many clubs' No 1s, and I think we are looking good. We also have the reliable and experienced Simon Walker, who should help make the Oak Tree Arena a fortress and Jay Herne, who appears, from all his results down under over the winter, to have gone up a gear and is now looking very good on a three-point average at reserve."We will, as previously stated, use Brendan Johnson as and when it suits and he is ready, with a view to using him as a reserve for the 2010 season."Croucher has also admitted he will be keeping close tabs on Andy Braithwaite this season, who desperately wants to become a full time member of the Rebels, who own his contract. "Andy knows the score," said Croucher, "if he wants a full time team place, he has to prove he can do the job.""Ray Dickson believes he has the ability and we will both be encouraging Andy to come along for second halves as regularly as other commitments permit."Croucher and some of the riders will be in attendance for the charity race night organised for this Saturday at the Oak Tree Clubhouse. Simon Walker, Tom Brown and Brendan Johnson have confirmed their attendance. Other riders may be able to make it depending on their safe arrival back in the UK "No promises," said Crouch, "but I am sure you know who I mean!