Californian speedway ace Ryan Fisher will make a sensational return to Edinburgh Monarchs next season, seven years after he helped the Capital outfit lift their second Premier League crown in 2008.
Monarchs have swooped for the 32-year-old racer to help fill the void left by the departure of skipper Craig Cook.
And today Monarchs team manager Alex Harkess said he believed the extrovert American can recapture the form which made him such a huge hit with supporters due to his swashbuckling style of riding.
“Ryan is coming in as our third heat leader,” said Harkess. “By his own admission Ryan has had a hard time of things over the last two years, but thinks he is more than capable of returning to the level he reached when he was at Edinburgh before.
“He was at his happiest at Edinburgh and we will take him up on that.
“Ryan had equipment problems with Plymouth last season and was also affected when his family were refused visas to enter the UK.
“And those distractions saw him lose his focus for speedway. But he is now in a position to redress that and I’m sure our fans will give him a huge welcome back to Armadale.
“Ryan will be our asset for 2016. I’m not saying anything on the length of time he will be with us. But he says he will be very organised.”
Asked to respond on comments that some feel Fisher is a rider on the way down, Harkess replied: “That may be right but some of his matches in the Premier League last season, he looked as good as he ever was. He did have some bad meetings as well, however.
“But he knows he must perform to his abilities and we believe if he can increase his starting average then he will do a job for us.”