Eastbourne Eagles’ new number one Bjarne Pedersen returns to Arlington this season with an agenda, according to team manager Trevor Geer.
The Dane, who spent last year riding with the Birmingham Brummies, comes back to the south coast hoping to finish the job he started in 2011, when he guided the Eagles to the play-offs only for them to fall short at the final hurdle.
Geer said, “He had a fantastic season getting us into the play-offs in 2011 but then we blew it at the last stage.
“I think he comes back this year looking to make that up to the fans to a certain extent.
“After Joonas (Kylmakorpi) told us he was staying in Sweden, Pedersen was always the ideal man to replace him.
“Bjarne didn’t ever really want to leave us in the first place, he always made that clear. It was only because he was a GP rider that he had to go.
“He really enjoyed his time here and he’s said had he not come back here, he wouldn’t have stayed in England.”
Cameron Woodward retains his title as captain of the team, which Geer insists was an equally easy decision to make.
“Cameron was the obvious choice again this year. He’s well-liked and he has the riders’ respect
“He’s good with TV, radio, everything. He comes across very well and whatever you need from him, he will do it for you. He’s a great team rider.”