Swindon have handed club asset Stefan Nielsen a team place ahead of Monday’s Premiership trip to King’s Lynn at 7.30pm tonight.
Nielsen, who rode for the CFS Filtration Robins in 2016, made an impressive guest appearance against the Stars on Thursday scoring 5+2 from three rides.
And with the Robins’ 28-day facility for Zach Wajtknecht set to expire this week, and new averages now in place for July, boss Alun Rossiter has elected to make Nielsen a regular member of the side.
Rossiter said: “Stefan impressed me a lot on Thursday, and he deserves a run on that evidence.
“He’s our own asset and keen for more racing in the Premiership, and I feel it’s the right move to make.
“All we need is points in that position, and that’s what he gave us, which is what Ellis (Perks) is doing there too.”
The move also allows the Robins flexibility at a later date should injured Polish star Tobiasz Musieak be in a position to make a return.
Meanwhile, the Stars have made team changes following Thursday’s match in the Premiership Supporters’ Cup with Erik Riss back from injury.
Riss replaces Ty Proctor, and Lynn were also making a move for American ace Broc Nicol although that was subject to completion of paperwork and may not have been finalised in time for Monday.
However, Nicol crashed at Leicester on Saturday and is out with concussion and a broken collarbone, so Simon Lambert is expected to remain in the side.
Robins are unchanged at a venue where they picked up a point from a 43-47 defeat in their previous Cup visit – although only skipper Jason Doyle, Troy Batchelor and Adam Ellis remain in the side from that April meeting.
King’s Lynn were held to a home draw by Ipswich a fortnight ago, but recovered to post an impressive 54-36 win over Belle Vue last Monday.
Rossiter said: “We should go up there with plenty of confidence. Everybody rides King’s Lynn well and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t aim for a win there.
“We all know they ride their own track very well, so we’ve just got to make sure that we ride it exactly the same. It’s always well-prepared, very grippy at the start, and we should have no fears.”
KING’S LYNN: Robert Lambert, Michael Palm Toft, Erik Riss, Thomas Jorgensen, Craig Cook, Lewis Kerr, Simon Lambert.
SWINDON: Jason Doyle, David Bellego, Rasmus Jensen, Adam Ellis, Troy Batchelor, Ellis Perks, Stefan Nielsen.