Eastbourne Eagles sign Australian international

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Australian international Adam Shields is returning to Eastbourne.

The Eagles have arranged a deal with Lakeside to bring the 35-year-old back on

loan to Arlington with Lewis Bridger moving on loan in the opposite direction.

Shields first came to Britain and rode for the Isle of Wight before joining

Eastbourne in 2003. He remained in Sussex until moving to Lakeside at the

beginning of the 2007 campaign.

His all-action, never-say-die attitude quickly endeared him to fans with memories of his round-the boards sweeps to victory on the last lap living in many supporters’ memories.

Co-promoter and team manager Trevor Geer said: “I saw Adam this week and he is

really excited about coming back to Eastbourne. He was a huge favourite with the

crowd and it is real coup for us to get him back in an Eagles’ racesuit.

“He comes in on a 6.32 average which I am sure he will increase. Since he has been away, Adam has always been a thorn in our side when he has returned with Lakeside.

“He is vastly experienced, knows all the away tracks and will give us greater

firepower on our travels.”

Last year Shields rode for Belle Vue but announced his retirement for personal

reasons early in the campaign.

Geer commented: “Adam is fully fit and raring to go. He will winter in Australia

and will return in 2013 with all his old enthusiasm.

“The opportunity to bring him back to Sussex was too good to miss and we quickly secured a loan agreement with Jon Cook at Lakeside to bring in Adam while Lewis moves in the opposite direction.”

Meanwhile, the speedway club announced this morning that commercial manager, Chris Macdonald, has resigned.

In a statement, the club said: “We are disappointed that Chris Macdonald has decided to relinquish the position of commercial manager for the Eastbourne Eagles. He has made a big contribution to the club and we sincerely thank him for all the work he has done.

“The sponsorship, advertising and innovative commercial initiatives have been a vital part of our success story in recent years. We wish Chris well in whatever he does next.”

Eastbourne Speedway now wishes to move as quickly as possible to appoint a new commercial manager. Those suitably qualified should send details, with CV, to co-promoter Mike Bellerby by email:

mikebellerby@sky.com