Edinburgh Monarchs have parted company with their misfiring German reserve star Marcel Helfer, who has been replaced by former Glasgow Tigers rider Mitchell Davey.
The Aussie will make his debut against Plymouth Devils in Friday’s Premier League speedway clash at Armadale.
Davey had been riding as an injury replacement at Redcar for ex-Monarch Max Dilger but his return to the Teesiders made the unattached Davey available for hire and Monarchs swooped, acknowledging that their gamble in bringing back Helfer this season has not paid off.
Monarchs co-promoter John Campbell admitted today that they had no choice but to let the struggling Helfer go. “Marcel was just digging himself into a bigger hole and was completely lacking in confidence,” he said.
“He worried about riding at Armadale every week and it was time to call a halt and try somebody different.”
Davey is also a risk, according to Campbell who continued: “Mitchell is another gamble for us to be honest. Marcel’s riding style suggested on many occasions that he wasn’t trying and had given up, and the supporters did not like that.
“That’s not Mitchell’s style, but it’s going to be a tough job for him too, and he is not going to be an overnight success, but he did well on his last match for Redcar.”
Monarchs have wished Helfer all the best for the future, while he accepts his scoring simply was not good enough.