When news happens text pix and video to 80360. Start your message with BE then leave a space.
Grajczonek rewarded with Pirates team place
PIRATES chief Matt Ford has given Josh Grajczonek the ultimate reward for his semi-final heroics – a place on Poole’s asset list and a 2014 team berth.
Wimborne Road promoter Ford revealed to the Daily Echo that the rising star had been secured as a full asset after striking a deal with his parent club Glasgow.
And in a further boost for Grajczonek, Ford confirmed that he had already pencilled in the Australian for a spot in Pirates’ one-to-seven next season.
That news comes hot on the heels of Grajczonek, dubbed ‘Joshinator’ by Pirates captain Darcy Ward, scoring a crucial 12 paid 13 against Swindon on Monday.
The 23-year-old’s best performance in the skull and crossbones helped Pirates overturn the Robins’ 10-point lead to reach the Elite League grand final.
Grajczonek’s effort saw him take his Pirates tally to 72 paid 80 in 11 appearances since joining the Dorset club.
And Ford told the Daily Echo: “We have agreed terms with Glasgow. I can confirm now that Josh will become an asset with the paperwork due to be completed during the next few weeks. It is a very good move for the club.
“Josh has showed, in particular in his home performances, what he is capable of doing, but he has also scored well away on most occasions.
“We are incredibly proud to have someone who will move on in the sport and, hopefully, he could become as good as Chris (Holder) and Darcy (Ward) in the future.
“We have seen improvement in Josh since he joined the club. He has moved forward by having more experience in the Elite League and is a very capable rider in the Elite League.”
Many people are predicting big changes to the sport during the winter but Ford says Grajczonek will feature for Pirates, regardless of any new team-building rules.
He added: “Whatever happens, there will be a place for Josh next year. In whatever format we run, he has already been told by me that he will be in the team.
“Josh and Kyle Howarth will both be riding for the club in 2014. I have also been very impressed with Kyle Newman’s achievement and improvement. I would also like to find a place for him.”
- Pirates have released pricing details for the first leg of their grand final clash with Birmingham on Monday (gates 6pm, tapes-up 7.30pm).
The cost for adults is £20 including a programme and concessions £17 including a programme. Children aged five to 15 can gain admission for £5, while entry is free for under-fives. Family tickets (two adults and two paying children) are priced at £45.
Pirates also looking to organise coach travel to the second leg at Birmingham on October 14 for £17 per person. Bookings can only be accepted when full payment is made, either to the speedway office (cheques made payable to Poole Speedway Ltd) or on race day at the track shop.
Comments are closed on this article.