DEFIANT Pirates promoter Matt Ford insisted he would "leave no stone unturned" in a bid to revive the club's fortunes in the SGB Premiership.

Poole, whose 70th anniversary campaign has been blighted by star rider Chris Holder's ongoing absence due to visa issues, are currently marooned at the foot of the table.

Their woes were compounded when temporary signing Stefan Nielsen sustained a broken leg during their 45-45 draw with Wolverhampton last night.

Nielsen, drafted in earlier this month to replace out-of-sorts reserve James Shanes, will play no further part in Poole's season, with Scunthorpe's Josh Auty set to cover for him against Wolves and Leicester next week.

Ford has also been weighing up the possibility of team changes, with several riders having failed to deliver the goods on a consistent basis.

And with some riders' averages set to be re-declared in the next few days, Ford is vowing to ensure Pirates are in a position to turn the tide and get their season back on track.

He told the Daily Echo: "We are having a torrid time and things have not been easy for us.

"This is the worst position we have found ourselves in since 2009 when we had a year from hell. This one is seemingly going the same way.

"Issues with Chris's work permit have been the catalyst for our problems but under-performing from certain riders at times has not helped matters.

"But the club isn't sitting back. After the Wolves meeting, I spent a lot time looking at different things we could do.

"In the immediacy and barring any difficulties with the management committee, Josh Auty will come in for our two meetings next week.

"He has lots of experience in our league and that's what I feel we need at this point in time."

Although Ford politely declined to reveal the identity of any of his targets, he did confirm other changes could be on the cards.

The Daily Echo understands a return for Nicolai Klindt could be a possibility after the Danish racer missed out on a team berth this season. The 29-year-old is racing in the Championship for Workington.

Ford added: "From June onwards, there is a chance we could make one or two moves and I think that would be in the best interests of the club.

"At the moment, we are waiting on certain things and on confirmation of the averages, which we should get from the association in the next 12 to 24 hours.

"I have cast the net far and wide but, sadly, the majority are coming up fruitless. It seems to be a problem to bring in any of the stars of the sport. With Poland as it is and the finances paid there, so many people have turned their back on British speedway.

"But we will leave no stone unturned and I'm doing my very best to make sure that, from June onwards, we are more competitive than we have been."