LINUS Sundstrom has emerged as a possible transfer target for Pirates with Matt Ford admitting: "I am a big fan."

The 26-year-old Swede was one of two racers to swiftly contact Ford after Krzysztof Kasprzak sustained a broken collarbone earlier this month.

Ultimately, the Poole chief chose to bring in Grzegorz Zengota – the other rider who declared an interest – to cover for number one Kasprzak over a four-meeting spell.

However, Sundstrom is still on the radar of the Dorset club.

Reflecting on the possibility of signing the World Cup winner, Ford told the Daily Echo: "That is not dead in the water, by any means.

"It could have been that we brought Linus in for the campaign but at this moment in time, we've agreed to shelve further talks because he has picked up a contract to replace Kasprzak at Gorzow.

"We will hold fire and see where it takes us.

"I am a big fan of Linus, I think he is an excellent rider. He has not been in the UK for the past couple of years but he contacted me because he felt he needed to be here and wasn't racing enough.

"That may benefit us in the near future."