PIRATES team boss Neil Middleditch is hopeful Grand Prix stars will choose British speedway – and then stay on these shores.

A debate over how best to increase the dwindling number of top-class racers plying their trade in Britain has raged for years.

However, there are hopes more big-name riders will take on SGB Premiership commitments next season, although that could depend on whether the shale sport's bosses can secure a lucrative television deal.

Middleditch told the Daily Echo: "Money is a big factor here but on the continent things aren't as rosy as everyone makes out. There are clubs in Poland and Sweden who are in financial difficulties.

"We start a lot earlier in the year than the Polish or Swedish leagues and so it's a question of getting someone to come over who is going to stay here.

"I'd certainly hope some of the big guns who have experience in the UK and know the set-ups will race here.

"In the past, we've had a few who have come over and started and then opted to ride in the GPs.

"We need someone who is going to be loyal to the club and if we do bring a big gun in, hopefully, they will stay with us for the whole season."