Swindon boss Alun Rossiter believes Bradley Wilson-Dean will become a firm favourite with supporters after sealing a move to the Abbey.

The all-action Kiwi racer has been snapped up to replace Danish youngster Mikkel B Andersen in a dramatic team change.

Rossiter admits he was bitterly disappointed to see Andersen forced out of their SGB Premiership side after being handed a 7.00 assessed average.

But having almost made a move for Wilson-Dean earlier in the winter, he is now delighted to be able to hand the ambitious 22-year-old his top flight chance.

Said Rossiter: “We’re very disappointed that Mikkel has been given a 7.00 average, and it’s a great shame because he’ll probably be lost to British speedway now.

“Nobody is going to take a punt on an unknown on an average that high, and it’s frustrating because we were looking forward to working with him.

“At the same time, we’re pleased to bring Bradley into the team. He was in some of my original plans before we eventually chose to go in another direction, but things have gone full circle in a way.

“He seems very popular wherever he’s been, and he’s the sort of rider I expect the fans will like because he’s certainly a trier.

“What I like about him is he’s clearly determined to improve and reach that next level, so we hope he can do that with us.”



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