Edinburgh Monarchs have made the bold step of beefing up their squad in a bid to reach the play-offs by snapping up Glasgow Tigers No.1 Richie Worrall, who was axed by the Ashfield club last week.
To make way for Worrall, Monarchs have released Mark Riss and Max Ruml, who have both failed to shine this year.
Monarchs team boss Alex Harkess said: “I’d like to think Richie will give us our third heat leader which is what we have been lacking. We believe Richie will take the pressure of our top two riders Erik Riss and Ricky Wells. We believe Richie will make that difference.”
Mark Riss revealed on his Facebook page: “I have been released by Edinburgh. I would like to say sorry to all my fans for my poor performances over the last two months, and would like to thank everybody for their support.”
Harkess said: “It’s disappointing to release any rider. Mark did get close at times to becoming our third heat leader and at times looked the part.
“But even although he had some fantastic races, there were other times when he struggled. However, his average is low enough and he still has lots of potential that he might be back with us in the future.”
The capture of Worrall shoud provide Monarchs with the top line scoring boost they are seeking and Harkess added: “Richie has guested for us away from home on more than one occasion and has done very well for the club. He will fit in very well with the team because he is not a stranger to us. He also likes Armadale which is important because we have a lot of home fixtures left and it’s vital we don’t drop any home points, and we might pick up a couple of more wins on the road as well.”
Ruml, who has failed to impress on his UK debut, also confirmed on his Facebook page that he too has been released by the club, writing: “I’d like to thank Edinburgh for giving me the chance to ride in this country. They had to make changes to the side and unfortunately I’m one of them. I’m disappointed that my performances have not been better and thank everyone for their encouragement.”
Max Clegg, a former Monarchs reserve, is expected to replace him. Harkess added: “That is a distinct possibility. We will re-declare our 1-7 to the British Speedway Promoters Association for their approval.
“We believe we have taken the right steps to ensure we have a fighting chance of making the play-offs.”
Monarchs are currently in seventh position in the Championship following back-to-back victories at Redcar Bears and against Ipswich Witches at home on Friday. They need to finish in the top four to guarantee their play-off spot.