William Lawson is “keen to give it another go” after turning back the clock to rejoin Edinburgh Monarchs.
In one of the most surprising turn of speedway fortunes, former Monarchs No.1 Lawson has replaced reserve Max Clegg, who has been released after just three weeks after coming in for struggling Californian rider Max Ruml.
Lawson, now 31, from Perth, is a former British under-18 champion and last rode in 2010 for both Edinburgh and Belle Vue Aces.
He was considered such a top prospect in his younger days that a host of clubs have tried to persuade him to make a return to full time racing. But he has rejected all overtures until now.
Lawson said: “I was keen to get back on a bike again. I have done a couple of meetings this year at Armadale, the Caledonian Riders Championship, and the Jubilee Fours event.
“I did not do that well, but I’m keen to give it another go. I’ve got one very good engine which should perform well everywhere and should suit Armadale.
“The riders in the current team might not remember me, but I have spoken to most of them and I’m sure we will get on well.
“I’m looking forward to it.”
Lawson added: “I felt a bit tired after practising at Berwick on Saturday, but I think that was because I hadn’t ridden for a couple of weeks. I feel fine now.”
Boss John Campbell revealed: “We have tried several times to get William back on a bike and now it’s finally happening.
“We are delighted to welcome him back to our side and it will be interesting to see how well he goes for us.”
Lawson will make his second Monarchs “debut” against Sheffield Tigers at Armadale on Friday.