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Poole Pirates: Ward keen to stay if rules permit
The Australian sensation, signed by Poole in a club-record transfer in November 2009, has reached the grand final in each of his four campaigns with Pirates.
But in an exclusive interview with the Daily Echo last month, Ford claimed riders including Ward might not return to Britain should the sport lose TV funding.
Ford reported that the Elite League was in the final year of its Sky Sports contract, with an announcement yet to be made on any potential renewal of the deal.
Many people have also predicted that major changes could come into force when the sport’s rules are debated at the annual speedway AGM in November.
However, Poole asset Ward, arguably the world’s most exciting speedway racer, says he has no plans to leave Pirates at the moment.
Ward told the Daily Echo: “It has been a good couple of years here at Poole and I have really enjoyed it.
“I am not looking to move any time soon, but we will see what the rules are.”
Ward, skipper in the absence of injured Chris Holder, has performed heroics to help guide Pirates to the verge of Elite League glory this season.
The Grand Prix star delivered a scintillating paid maximum to help Pirates build a commanding 21-point lead in the grand final first leg against Birmingham.
And in-form Ward will be bidding for his second Elite League title when Pirates aim to complete an against-the-odds triumph in this evening’s return fixture at Perry Barr (7.30pm).
The 21-year-old added: “We were hoping for a double-figure lead but we knew it would be tough, of course, because Birmingham have been very good all year.
“We had some good team spirit yet again (last Monday) – which we have had all season.
“I think you would say it has been a tough season for the Pirates. We were bottom of the table for a while. But now it is the end of the season – it is crunch time – and we have stepped up.
“But the job is not done yet and we are only halfway there. Birmingham are strong at home and it is ours to throw away now, so we need to keep focused and get the job done.
“They are very good at home and their track is very suited to all of them.
“But we are good and we have some big names in our team and that really helps, and then we have Josh Grajczonek at reserve helping us. We are all ready to try to bring this trophy back down to Poole.”
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