SWINDON ROBINS: Pirates set to steal Doyle
SWINDON Robins’ title-winning rider Jason Doyle could be on his way back to parent club Poole after the Pirates declared an interested in using their asset next season.
The Robins are keen to retain the gritty Australian after he increased his average during a campaign where he became a major part of the Elite League winners’ side, despite missing both legs of the final against the Pirates through injury.
Poole promoter Matt Ford has revealed his interest in bringing their asset back to Wimborne Road after a year away, but even if he doesn’t eventually take a team place, he insisted the Robins or any other side wishing to loan him will have to be patient.
“Jason Doyle is very much an option. He had a great year and he did exactly what we always knew he could do,” Ford told the Daily Echo.
“I don’t care if I don’t disclose the final team member until March 1, I really am in no hurry this year.
“It will have to be contracts that are beneficial to the club and if that means us taking our time on our assets, other clubs are just going to have to be understanding that our riders won’t be released until that point.”
Swindon boss Alun Rossiter is not surprised the Pirates want to use the Australian once again, and is not overly concerned by the situation at this stage.
“I am not surprised they want to use him because he had a superb season for us and did a brilliant job, so I can’t speak highly enough of him,” he said.
“At the end of the day it is down to the riders what they want to do, and he isn’t our asset so obviously we will wait to see what happens.
“We get first call on him if his parent club don’t want to use his services, but he enjoyed his move here and it was good for him and good for us.
“I don’t know whether he would want to go back to Poole, but speedway is a difficult thing because we have a group of riders who have had good years, and now their own clubs are looking back at them.
“That is only fair at the end of the day, and I am not surprised about it and we have to wait and see because at this time of year there are a lot of permutations.
“He might be in their plans for one team, but not for another.”
Another 2012 Swindon rider mentioned in connection with a team place on the south coast next season is teenager Nick Morris, but Rossiter is confident he will be at Blunsdon when the new campaign begins.
“It think a lot of this link has come from people thinking about Nick’s friendship with Darcy Ward,” he said.
“Nick has stated he wants to come to Swindon again next year, and I don’t envisage any problems with that because he seems happy with his progress with us.”