SWINDON ROBINS: Robins tempted by Musielak deal
6:00am Tuesday 13th November 2012 in By Andy Warren, Deputy sports editor, firstname.lastname@example.org, @AndyWarren_
SWINDON Robins are keen to bring young Pole Tobiasz Musielak to Blunsdon next season as they begin to plan for their Elite League title defence.
The 19-year-old enjoyed an impressive season at reserve for Polish club Leszno last season, where he is looked after by Robins legend Leigh Adams’ former mechanic Mariusz Szmanda.
The Advertiser understands the youngster has been on the Robins’ radar for some time and is a real possibility for the 2013 side, but no deal has been done yet as the club’s management wait until after the sport’s AGM to discover if he is able to move to this country on an assessed four-point average.
Like his fellow Polish youngster Bartosz Zmarzlik, who is mentored by Tomasz Gollob, Musielak has been advised to make the move to British speedway in a bid to gain valuable experience on a variety of tracks, and the World Under 21 finalist is set to travel to Swindon for talks later this month.
Dane Peter Kildemand is expected to become the first name on the Robins sheet for next season as early as this week, but Musielak could be seen as a lower-averaged alternative to fellow Pole Dawid Lampart as Swindon search for a full-time reserve.
Musielak rode alongside Robins heat leader Troy Batchelor for Leszno and Swedish side Hammarby last season, and the Australian believes he has what it takes to make an impact on British speedway.
“He rode with me in Leszno last year, and I know Swindon know about him because he wanted to come last year and there was no space,” he said.
“He has been doing well in both Sweden and Poland, and he could be someone who could be a possibility, although I haven’t heard anything.
“I think he would definitely go well around Swindon and I think he would eventually pick up the other tracks too, and he is a quick guy so he could pick it up like Piotr Pawlicki did.
“Tobiasz could be the same as them, and he could definitely up his average, which we proved last year is what you need to win the league.
“We need riders like that because it wins trophies, and he would fit in with the team spirit too because that is important.”