Edinburgh Monarchs have filled one of their two reserve berths for next season by snapping up 17-year-old starlet Max Clegg, who made three guest appearances for the Capital speedway side last season.
The Englishman is regarded as a top prospect and comes in on a three point average. And while Clegg is the first to admit he didn’t score heavily in the trio of fixtures, he did impress the Monarchs’ management with his honest endeavour.
Clegg said: “I loved every moment of riding for Monarchs, but I did struggle. I think it was down to nerves more than anything. I didn’t want to let Edinburgh down.
“The first meeting, I picked up two points and was quite happy with that, but in my third fixture I don’t think I finished a race, I fell off in all my outings.”
And Clegg thought that could have spelt the end of any hope he had of linking up with the title-winning Monarchs squad. “I did, but the fans were great and I was surprised how many of them congratulated me, even though I didn’t score many points, and it’s great Monarchs handed me this opportunity.”
Last season, Clegg was one of the ‘fast track’ riders’ in the UK and rode for Leicester Lions in the Elite League. He also turned out for National League champions Cradley Heathens.
He explained: “I was in the draft system for the Elite League but it was only towards the end of the season that I got over my nerves. I also rode on and off in the Premier League, which is a harder division and I would sometimes look at the other riders’ on the start line and wonder could I beat them.
“Now that I’ve joined Monarchs I think I will have a good season in 2015.”
Clegg continued: “I was surprised Edinburgh wanted me, bearing in mind I didn’t do well in my guest bookings. But they are showing faith in me and I don’t want to let them down. I’m so happy to be a Monarch.”
The teenager revealed he won’t be competing over all three divisions again, although it’s his hope to continue with Cradley. “A lot of Leicester fans have asked me why I don’t want to ride in the Elite League next year,” said Clegg. “To be honest, I can’t do all three again. My dad works full time and getting time off his work would be impossible – he found it hard enough last season.”