Eastbourne Eagles boss Trevor Geer believes star rider Timo Lahti is a GP rider of the future as he announced their team line-up for 2013.
The Eagles begin their Elite League campaign in March but Geer is delighted to finalise his septet and believes he has built a side full of team spirit that can challenge at the top.
The notable changes from last season involved Lewis Bridger moving to Lakeside and the departure of Finnish rider Joonas Kylmäkorpi.
Adam Shields returns to Arlington stadium while Danish rider Bjarne Pedersen has been drafted in as the new Eagles’ number-one.
Team boss Geer said, “We are pleased to piece this side together. It’s a team we believe can challenge at the top end of the table.
“We were there or there abouts last season but hopefully these guys can push us on a stage further.
“There’s room for plenty of improvement throughout the whole team and our fans can look forward to an exciting season.
“ I once again expect us to be challenging for an end-of-season play-off spot.”
Of last season’s rider of the year Lahti, Geer added, “He made huge steps forward last season and we want to see that continue.
“I think he will because he’s so fast that when he’s out in front no-one can catch him.
“He has the equipment and he is also riding with confidence.
“I fully expect him to be a GP rider of the future. He has been a great find for us.”
Team line-upfor 2013: Adam Shields, Simon Gustafsson, Cameron Woodward, Lukas Dryml, Denis Gizatullin, Simon Gustafsson and Timo Lahti.