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Hancock And Hamill Set For Bees Return

Coventry Bees are close to re-signing American crowd pleasers Greg Hancock and Billy Hamill for another season of speedway.

The Brandon side have been negotiating throughout the close season to keep the stars at the Bees and now seem to have agreed the deals.

Although Greg Hancock is currently in his native USA, leading speedway journalist Wayne Roberts, who is also chairman of the Nuneaton Speedway Supporters Club, believes the rider will stay at the Bees for a fourth term.

He said:

"Greg has not signed his new contract yet because he is away for the close season, but he has agreed all the terms and the Bees are very confident that he will re-join.

"This would be the fourth year that he has been here, after he signed from the now disbanded Cradley Heath.

"He has certainly been one of the most consistent performers for the team in that time and it is crucial that they do get him back here."

Although speculation was mounting that Hancock’s American colleague Hamill, who also signed from Cradley, would not add his signature to his compatriot's, Roberts believes it has been media speculation.

He said:

"At the moment this is silly season for speedway with riders asking for huge amounts of money and the teams holding out.

"Both Americans are happy at the club, have been very successful and I am sure will be here for the new season."

They could be joined by World Under 21 champion Lee Richardson, who looks likely to join the side from Poole and is one of the hottest prospects in the country.

He would take the place of Swede Andreas Jonsson who will definitely not be returning to Brandon after deciding to have a year out.

Coventry’s Danish Skipper Brian Anderson may not be given a new deal, he has struggled with injury problems and is still carrying two fractured cheek bones.

Roberts believes that the comings and goings will strengthen the squad and put them into a strong position for the coming season.

He said:

"Coventry Bees are well respected around the country and have very good support.

"At Brandon the crowds average between 2,500 and 3,000 which is as many as Coventry Rugby Club.

"Sometimes speedway does not get the publicity that it deserves but hopefully this season with Sky TV coverage back in the sport that will change."

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CWN / Sport / Speedway / 19 Jan 00

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