Somerset Rebels announce two more signings

PUBLISHED: 13:45 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:45 20 December 2017

Jack Holder.

Jack Holder.

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The Cases Somerset Rebels have signed up two more riders for the new season, Jack Holder and Jake Allen.

The Cases Somerset Rebels have announced their second and third signings for the 2018 season, and it will see the 2016 Australian under-21 champion Jack Holder and Queensland State champion Jake Allen join the Rebel camp.

It is a case of better late than never for 21-year-old Holder as he was originally earmarked to join Somerset in 2015 until a revised starting average saw that move fall through, Holder eventually joining Plymouth.

The youngest of three speedway brothers, Jack’s eldest sibling, James, spent two seasons (2010 and 2011) with Somerset, while his other brother, Chris, was crowned the world speedway champion in 2012.

Speaking of the signing, Somerset team manager Garry May said: “It might be some three seasons later than planned, but we have finally got our man.

“Jack has made excellent progress since first coming to these shores and has always shown a liking for riding at the Oaktree Arena whenever he has ridden against Somerset in the past, and I am convinced that he will prove to be a valuable addition to our septet.”

Holder finished the 2017 campaign with Poole with an official 5.82 average and joins Richard Lawson as the first two confirmed starters for the Rebels.

The third rider is club asset Jake Allen, the newly crowned Queensland State champion.

Allen was more than delighted to be returning to the Oaktree Arena. He said: “I can’t wait for the new season to start. Somerset is like a second home to me and to be returning as the Queensland champion is the icing on the cake.”

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