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Josh Grajczonek needs another year before he steps up
PIRATES sensation Josh Grajczonek believes he needs “one more year” in the Premier League before stepping on to the big stage on a permanent basis.
Grajczonek has been a revelation for Poole and has played a key role in their revival since hooking up with the club during the second half of the season.
He followed up his play-off semi-final heroics against Swindon with another outstanding showing in the first leg of the grand final against Birmingham on Monday.
Grajczonek banked 10 points from reserve as Pirates moved to within touching distance of regaining the Elite League title with a 57-36 win over the table-topping Brummies.
His exploits have earned him the offer of a place in the Pirates team for next season with promoter Matt Ford having struck a deal with parent club Glasgow to secure him as a full asset.
Grajczonek, who is also targeting honours with Somerset in the Premier League, was recommended to Ford by fellow Aussie and Pirates’ stand-in skipper Darcy Ward.
Pirates’ man of the moment Grajczonek told the Daily Echo: “I am happy to have a team place secured for next season but I would still like to double up because I think I need one more year before I step up full-time.
“I had a bad injury when I broke my femur a couple of years ago and it took me the whole of last season to get going. This year has been a dream come true and I couldn’t have asked for more. I am ecstatic with how things have gone.
“This is a great club and I have been made to feel very welcome. The supporters are great and Matt Ford has done everything he can for me. Somerset have also looked after me very well and I am super-happy!
“I enjoyed riding for Glasgow but I think it is a lot harder when you are up north to get the attention of clubs in the south. Moving from the club farthest north to the one farthest south has helped me and brought me on as a rider.”
Marathon man Grajczonek, who hails from Queensland, the same state as Ward, has competed in no fewer than 19 heats in the play-off campaign – including seven against Birmingham.
He added: “It is tiring but I am trying to do everything I can to help us win the title. This is my first final and everybody is putting in the effort and giving 100 per cent.
“We were hoping to have maybe a 10-point lead going into the second leg so are delighted with 21.
“Birmingham are strong at home so it is going to be tough and we just need to keep level headed. We are riding well as a team and are happy with where we are.”
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