Edinburgh Monarchs have completed their sixth signing for next season by snapping up young Australian rider Jye Etheridge, who comes into the team on a five-point average.
The 20-year-old is a close friend of Monarchs captain Sam Masters and was encouraged to come across to the UK after he defeated a raft of more established fellow countrymen in a Boxing Day meeting back home a year ago. Etheridge said: “I decided I could have a crack at riding in the British Premier League after that. I came across to the UK last season just to have a look at some of the tracks, I stayed with Sam but didn’t manage to see a meeting at Armadale.”
He added: “I know the UK tracks are pretty small but that does not worry me. I have got a little 150-metre track at home which I ride my bike round. I go not too bad on the small circuits and scored 14 points recently at Undera which is pretty tiny. Sam told me that Armadale is a good track to have as a home circuit and Max Fricke, who, of course, rode for Edinburgh, told me the same thing. I have seen plenty videos of Armadale and it looks pretty interesting and fun to ride. I’m bringing over some engines that I’ve got and just need to get some rolling chassis when I get there. Sam says Edinburgh are the best team in the Premier League and wishes he had spent the first few years of his career there.”
The Capital speedway side have one reserve spot still to fill to complete their 2016 squad and sources are tipping former Monarch Mitchell Davey to grab the role providing he can obtain a British passport.