Eastbourne manager Trevor Geer admits he is not surprised to hear the Eagles being tipped for honours this season.
King’s Lynn Stars’ Jonathan Chapman became the latest boss to back Geer’s men for Elite League success. Speaking in Wednesday’s Daily Star he said, “They have made some very, very astute signings. They have built a team that has so much potential, they are my tip for the league.”
And Geer believes his riders can live up to expectations. They host newly-promoted Birmingham Brummies tomorrow (Saturday – 7.30pm) before making their first away trip of the season on Monday, to Belle Vue.
He said, “It doesn’t surprise me, because I think we have got a good team. I’m sure we will make the play-offs at the end of the season if we steer clear of injuries. We are pleased with the way we have started the year. It’s about time as we are usually slow starters. Let’s hope it is not the other way round this year.”
The Eagles kicked off with a pair of resounding home victories over Wolverhampton and Belle Vue but Geer expects the Brummies to put his seven to the test. Ales Dryml, brother of Eastbourne’s Lukas, will go at number two for the Midlands outfit.
Geer has also confirmed the Eagles intend to use young Aussie rider Taylor Poole in their line-up in place of Dawid Lampart, whose Polish club have refused him permission to ride in Sussex.
Eagles: 1. Pedersen, 2. Dryml, 3. Gustafsson, 4. Woodward (captain), 5. Kylmakorpi, 6. Bridger, 7. tbc.
LEFT: Taylor Poole has been lined-up to replace Dawid Lampart. Lampart has been refused permission to ride for the Eagles by his Polish club.