Birks left out by Robins

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ASHLEY Birks has revealed Swindon Robins have gone back on a deal which would have seen him ride at Blunsdon in 2014.

The young Brit is battling to regain full fitness after his season was ended by a broken back suffered in a track crash at Plymouth, but had been offered a team place for next season by Robins team boss Alun Rossiter.

Swindon have now decided to go in a different direction, with a seventh rider set to be announced in the coming weeks, and Rossiter called Birks yesterday to inform he was no longer required.

Birks tweeted this morning: “Bad Christmas. Had a deal sorted with Swindon but let down yesterday. Hope speedway can sort something out on the 14th of jan.

“Feel like all the hard work is a waste of time. #britishspeedway why bother.”

Rossiter insisted dropping Birks was one of the hardest decisions he has had to make in speedway, but believes he had to do so in the best interests of the club.

“It’s a numbers game, that’s the reality,” he said.

“We were thinking about it all as a club, the fact we had more points to play with as well as concerns about his fitness.

“It was really hard to do because he’s a great guy but we were left with a bit more to play with.

“It’s the hardest decision I’ve had to make but we have to do what’s right for the club. We’re not proud of it but we have to look after the club.

“Speedway can be a cut-throat game and while it wasn’t all on it, there were some concerns about his injury.

“I would love for him to be involved with the club in the future and I hope he goes away and proves me wrong.”

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5:13pm Sun 22 Dec 13

swindonbob says...

I think the step up to Elite League was to much too soon for Ashley. Hopefully he will find a club and realise his potential.
I think the step up to Elite League was to much too soon for Ashley. Hopefully he will find a club and realise his potential. swindonbob

6:50pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Cliff1958 says...

So the new rules to help English riders is now affecting other English riders. Quite simply it is a stupid rule that is down grading speedway. It should of been two current British Premier riders in the Elite league and two National league Brits in the Premier. Lewis Kerr got a 6 point Premier average yet gets to go in the Elite league and Ashley Birks managed seven didn't do the National league and misses out as does Auty. So two promising Brits miss out to riders who are not ready for the Elite league. I suggest the BSPA ask supporters for ideas as it seems they are running out.
So the new rules to help English riders is now affecting other English riders. Quite simply it is a stupid rule that is down grading speedway. It should of been two current British Premier riders in the Elite league and two National league Brits in the Premier. Lewis Kerr got a 6 point Premier average yet gets to go in the Elite league and Ashley Birks managed seven didn't do the National league and misses out as does Auty. So two promising Brits miss out to riders who are not ready for the Elite league. I suggest the BSPA ask supporters for ideas as it seems they are running out. Cliff1958

10:13pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Di kanny oh says...

Cliff1958 wrote:
So the new rules to help English riders is now affecting other English riders. Quite simply it is a stupid rule that is down grading speedway. It should of been two current British Premier riders in the Elite league and two National league Brits in the Premier. Lewis Kerr got a 6 point Premier average yet gets to go in the Elite league and Ashley Birks managed seven didn't do the National league and misses out as does Auty. So two promising Brits miss out to riders who are not ready for the Elite league. I suggest the BSPA ask supporters for ideas as it seems they are running out.
Totally agree good comments I would have at least limited this to just one national league rider as two is taking it too far. I can see these kids getting injured and then the whole Elite league will be in a mess. The step up as you say is hard on riders like Birks and so it has to be harder for the less experienced. This next season surmounts to watered down product but I bet the prices stay or even increase. The car parking should be scrapped and the entrance fee lowered otherwise I can see the gates suffering. Lots of good riders will be without Elite teams and yes it seems Ashley Birks will be one of them.
[quote][p][bold]Cliff1958[/bold] wrote: So the new rules to help English riders is now affecting other English riders. Quite simply it is a stupid rule that is down grading speedway. It should of been two current British Premier riders in the Elite league and two National league Brits in the Premier. Lewis Kerr got a 6 point Premier average yet gets to go in the Elite league and Ashley Birks managed seven didn't do the National league and misses out as does Auty. So two promising Brits miss out to riders who are not ready for the Elite league. I suggest the BSPA ask supporters for ideas as it seems they are running out.[/p][/quote]Totally agree good comments I would have at least limited this to just one national league rider as two is taking it too far. I can see these kids getting injured and then the whole Elite league will be in a mess. The step up as you say is hard on riders like Birks and so it has to be harder for the less experienced. This next season surmounts to watered down product but I bet the prices stay or even increase. The car parking should be scrapped and the entrance fee lowered otherwise I can see the gates suffering. Lots of good riders will be without Elite teams and yes it seems Ashley Birks will be one of them. Di kanny oh

10:24pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Di kanny oh says...

swindonbob wrote:
I think the step up to Elite League was to much too soon for Ashley. Hopefully he will find a club and realise his potential.
Possibly correct but if its too much for the likes of him them just how will the national league riders cope I feel the sport will suffer as will the gates in the Elite league. Lots of these kids will be riding in three leagues so the risk of injury increases so to have just two back up riders seems ludicrous.
[quote][p][bold]swindonbob[/bold] wrote: I think the step up to Elite League was to much too soon for Ashley. Hopefully he will find a club and realise his potential.[/p][/quote]Possibly correct but if its too much for the likes of him them just how will the national league riders cope I feel the sport will suffer as will the gates in the Elite league. Lots of these kids will be riding in three leagues so the risk of injury increases so to have just two back up riders seems ludicrous. Di kanny oh

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