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Heathens focus on the present
12:36pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Local Sport
DUDLEY Heathens bosses insist all their focus is on the remaining meetings of this season before looking ahead to 2014.
The club are gearing up for their Knockout Cup Final against Isle of Wight or Mildenhall with the home leg at Wolverhampton on Tuesday, October 29.
And chairman Nigel Pearson says it’s too soon to say what plans are in place for next season.
He said: “We have once again raced in the spirit of the National League with teenagers like Ashley Morris, Max Clegg and Nathan Greaves in our side.
“It’s been a pleasure to see these lads develop this year and even riders like Paul Starke have developed into Premier League riders.
“My own feeling is that the Premier League is too strong right now. It’s far more powerful than it was when I worked with Long Eaton back in 1997.
“I’d love to see at least five British riders in every Premier League team – and if the structure was right we could go up a level with the likes of Tom Perry, Ashley Morris and Paul Starke as a starting point.
“As a management team we are all agreed we need to sit back and wait and see what structure the sport takes in the UK next season. I’m aware of various ideas being floated around and, of course, there is the issue of broadcast revenue which will be key to many plans.
“I know we disappointed a lot of fans by staying where we are, but it has proved to be the correct decision. We have still provided a night of great entertainment at the right price for supporters and we have also been successful.
“Our ultimate aim is still to find that elusive piece of land to make a permanent home for us and we will be stepping up our efforts once the season is done. We are currently preparing a proposal for a piece of land and we have experts looking into the feasibility of speedway at the venue.
“The club is in very good shape but we will not jeapordise what we have if we don’t feel it is viable. For now we all need to focus on our remaining meetings, including the Knockout Cup Final at Monmore on October 29.”
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