SHANES SIGNS ON FULL TRANSFER

Thursday March 07, 2019
BIRMINGHAM are delighted to announce the signing of captain James Shanes on a full transfer from top flight side Poole.

The Dorset born racer, who turns 22 in 10 days time, was snapped up by the Edwards Plumbing Brummies part way through last season.

He proved to be an instant hit at Perry Barr and was the only rider to retain his place as Birmingham stepped up to second tier racing over the winter.

And now Shanes has committed his future to the club by signing as a full asset.

Co-owner David Mason said: “We are absolutely delighted to have James join our asset base as we would love him to be a big part of our future.

“Everyone at the club loves him, whether it be the supporters, staff or fellow riders, and I think he’s fallen in love with the club too.

“As Birmingham supporters and anyone else who’s been privileged enough to see him ride know, James is a great showman, he’s a real entertainer and he never gives less than 100 per cent.

“But not only that, he is an absolute credit to himself away from the track too and to sign him as an asset with the new season just around the corner is yet another massive boost for us.

“I’d like to place on record my thanks to Matt Ford at Poole who has been absolutely brilliant and we can’t thank him enough for his help, support, advice and co-operation over the past couple of weeks.”

Meanwhile, Shanes is equally as thrilled by the news.

“It just made sense as to me Birmingham is now a home away from home,” he said.

“From the moment I first signed for them everyone at the club has been so welcoming and I kind of feel like I belong at this club despite 2019 being only my second season there.

“The supporters are probably the nicest I’ve come across and I owe a lot to the management and promotion who’ve done a lot for me previously in my career.

“I’m over the moon to be a part of Birmingham’s new challenge in moving up a league and it feels even better to be doing that as captain and now as a full asset as well.”

Birmingham hold their Press and Practice day at Perry Barr on Wednesday, March 27 (from 1pm) before taking on local rivals Wolverhampton as part of David Mason’s Farewell to Racing on Wednesday, April 3 (7.30).

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