Thursday August 22, 2019
BIRMINGHAM kickstart their Northern Tour with a trip to Edinburgh on Friday (7.30) – and they have a familiar face back in their line-up.

Tobias Thomsen, who started the 2019 campaign with the Edwards Plumbing Brummies before being one of the unfortunate victims of a team reshuffle in May, has re-joined the club for the remainder of the season and will officially become a full club asset.

Team boss Laurence Rogers explained: “With Shanesie (James Shanes) ruled out for the rest of the year, some clubs would’ve just ran rider replacement with it being so close to the end of the season.

“But we weren’t keen on doing that and we had to look at the realistic options available to us.

“It was a tough one when he had to let Tobias go earlier in the season.

“More than anything, he was the rider victim of circumstances at the time and victim of that dreaded old numbers game we speak about so often in Speedway to enable our proposed team changes to fit.

“He may not have set the world alight in the few meetings he did for us but we certainly saw some glimpses of what he can do on a Speedway bike.

“He’ll officially become a club asset this weekend as well and we’re keen to see how much he learnt during his first spell with us.”

Brummies have been struggling to find reserve replacements for their hectic weekend at such short notice after teenager Jordan Jenkins quit his role unexpectedly earlier in the week.

So Brummies’ young asset Arran Butcher comes in for Friday’s visit to Armadale with 2018 National League team member Josh Embleton in at Berwick on Saturday (7pm) and Connor Coles in against his former club Newcastle (6.30) on Sunday.

“Obviously it’s not ideal but our options were limited due to fixture clashes or riders being unavailable,” Rogers said.

“These three boys will give it their all though, that I do know, and fingers crossed they can contribute in some way, shape or form.

“These are three very tough away tracks to go to, but the boys are looking forward to the weekend ahead and as ever they’ll be giving it their best shot and that’s all we can ask.”

EDINBURGH: Sam Masters, James Sarjeant, Josh Pickering, Ricky Wells, Cameron Heeps, Connor Coles, William Lawson.
BIRMINGHAM: Adam Ellis, Tobias Thomsen, Tero Aarnio, Paco Castagna, Jason Garrity, Arran Butcher, Nick Agertoft.

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