Shield signing didn’t work and it hit us hard - Geer

Eastbourne Eagles
Eastbourne Eagles

Eastbourne Eagles team boss Trevor Geer pointed towards poor early form as the reason for them failing to make the play-offs this season.

That along with their inability to win away from home means that the Eagles have had endured a modest season when it promised far more.

The signing of Australian Adam Shields at the beginning of the season was seen as a bit of a coup but when things didn’t quite work out the Eagles were left a bit short, adding to their problems. And Geer said,

“We signed Adam and we thought that he would really help us but things didn’t work out and that really hit us hard early on. It was almost impossible to replace him and we weren’t able to do so until later in the season.”

Despite that, performances towards the back end of the campaign means there is certainly cause to be optimistic and with one meeting against Belle Vue still to come, there is a chance to lay some foundations for the next term.

“It should be a good end to the season but really it’s finished too early for us. I just wish it could continue. I hope we can finish well and I’m pretty confident to be honest. I’m always confident when we’re at home,” added Geer.

And confident he should be.

Eastbourne have been nothing short of magnificent at home all year, with the defeat to Poole Pirates the only blot on their home record.

It has been an all too different story on the road though, where they have failed to record any league points.

And the manager is fully aware that this needs to change if they are to challenge when next season gets under-way. “It is just our away form that we need to sort out, it’s always difficult away from home as it’s mainly a confidence thing. We’ve struggled with some riders who can score points at home but just can not score away from home.”

That aside, Geer is extremely happy with the squad and he believes they are more than capable of turning their fortunes on the road around. He was also quick to praise the individuals in the team.

“If we can keep the same team this year then we’ll be fine. Mikkel Michelsen is such a talent, he’s a star for the future and he’ll be scoring at most tracks next year. Cameron Woodward has upped his game and it’s really paid off. Bjarne Petersen has been a fantastic leader and he loves Eastbourne so hopefully he is going to come back as well, hopefully there will be no changes in the rules and I’m really hopeful we can keep the same team.”

The reason might be the atmosphere in the camp which Geer also pointed to, adding, “Everyone always talks about team spirit but the spirit we have here is amazing.”