CHRIS HOLDER IS ON HIS WAY BACK TO POOLE FOR 2018 AND BOSS MATT FORD ADMITTED “WE MISSED HIS EXPERTISE AND LEADERSHIP AROUND WIMBORNE ROAD.”
SGP star Chris Holder is on his way back to the Poole Pirates for 2018, and boss Matt Ford admitted “we missed his expertise and leadership around Wimborne Road last season.”
The Sydneysider returns to his parent club, despite strong speculation linking him with a switch to Somerset, where he could have raced alongside his brother Jack and world champion Jason Doyle. But with Holder a Poole asset, Pirates have first call on his services.
With SGB Premiership clubs allowed to sign just one man on an 8.00-plus average, Holder’s availability on a 7.16 figure made him a vital target as arguably the best sub-eight-pointer around.
And Ford is delighted to have eventually secured the 2012 world champion’s services. He said: “I know our supporters have been wondering for quite some time whether Chris would return to the club and I’m delighted to say he will.
“I think we missed his expertise and leadership around Wimborne Road last season and his place in our 2018 team can only help the likes of Brady Kurtz and Josh Grajczonek improve even further.
“Chris is a legend at Poole Speedway and I couldn’t be happier that he is back in Pirates colours.”
Holder joins forces with Kurtz, Grajczonek, Polish pair Kacper Woryna and Mateusz Szczepaniak, with Poole still to sign two riders.
The 30-year-old has played has part in five title wins for the Pirates, helping them reach the play-off final in seven of the nine years he has raced in the skull and crossbones kevlars.