JACK IN THE PACK

Sunday November 24, 2019
BIRMINGHAM have won the signature of highly-rated youngster Jack Thomas.

The 20-year-old was wanted by several other Championship clubs, but it’s with Brummies he feels he can develop further.

Thomas has spoken positively about his new Perry Barr home and already has good memories in the second city after winning the 2018 British Under-21 Semi-Final.

He started the 2019 campaign with Leicester before taking a break from the sport mid-way through the season.

But now he’s ready to return and admits he can’t wait to get going at a new club.

“As soon as I had the opportunity to join Birmingham I couldn’t turn it down really,” Thomas said.

“I’ve heard so many good things about the club and even when I’ve been there to race in the National League, their fans are always really getting behind their riders.

“I’ve always enjoyed racing the track at Birmingham and I remember the night I won the British Under-21 Semi-Final there.

“It means I can go into next season with a lot of excitement about joining Birmingham, with a lot of confidence behind me and the belief that I can do a job for the team.”

Whilst already on the management’s shortlist, Thomas comes heavily recommended by triple British Champion Chris Harris who will start the season as Brummies’ No.1.

Team manager Laurence Rogers explained: “We spoke to a few riders about our second reserve position.

“But Jack was the one name Bomber (Harris) suggested to us as well after being impressed by him when they both rode for Glasgow last year.

“I have to say when we spoke to Jack he was buzzing to have the chance to come to Birmingham and we’re excited to see what he can do.

“There’ll be no pressure on him whatsoever and mix that with the fact he already knows a lot of the lads, we think he’s got the potential to do a great job for the Brummies.”

The signing of Thomas means Birmingham now have one team spot left to fill with Chris Harris, Jason Garrity, Ashley Morris, James Shanes and Paco Castagna already confirmed.

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