Jerran has no Hart for Witches

IPSWICH-BASED speedway sensation Jerran Hart has no plans to ride for his home town club.The 18-year-old former Stoke High School pupil scored a maximum in both legs of Bournemouth's National League Knock-Out win over Plymouth as well as helping the Buccaneers to win the league title.

IPSWICH-BASED speedway sensation Jerran Hart has no plans to ride for his home town club.

The 18-year-old former Stoke High School pupil scored a maximum in both legs of Bournemouth's National League Knock-Out win over Plymouth as well as helping the Buccaneers to win the league title.

He also scorched to success in the British Under-18 Championship. Currently working as a chef during the speedway close season, Hart has already served notice of his potential to be a successful international star.

But he is prepared to take it one step at a time.

“I will be riding in the National League again in 2010, with Mildenhall, and looking to become a No.1,” he said. “And also ride in the Premier League for Scunthorpe

“I am not ready yet for the Elite League and will give it one more year where I am.”

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This will disappoint Ipswich Witches fans, who were hoping to have a promising young local rider back in their side following the tyre tracks of such distinguished riders as John and Chris Louis, Jeremy Doncaster and former British Under-21 champions Scott Nicholls, Savalas Clouting and Leigh Lanham.

Witches rider manager Chris Louis admits his club was slow in reacting when fellow Elite League outfit Lakeside signed up Hart as their asset.

“We were a bit slow taking notice of the progress Jerran had made last year before he got into regular league racing,” said Louis, who arranged for the youngster to be the Ipswich number eight this year.

“We missed the boat perhaps.

“It would be nice to carry on the traditions of the Witches and have two or three local riders in the team, but Lakeside came in and splashed the cash.

“Jerran may be a Lakeside asset, but we are not averse to using him and he is certainly a rider we are considering for next year.”

Hart appears to have ruled this out, and he doesn't think Lakeside will release him from his contract.

“Poole are the parent club of Bournemouth and they tried to buy me from Lakeside,” said Hart. “But Jon Cook the Lakeside team manager said no.

“He saw me ride last year and decided to sign me up.”

Hart's dad Steve and granddad David are avid speedway fans, and he said: “I have been going to Foxhall Stadium since I was a baby.

“I rode BMX bikes and then 125cc speedway machines at Sittingbourne when I was 11, but then took a break until I left school. Since then it has been full-on and I worked my socks off last winter to get fit and get the best out of this year.

“It worked and I have to be pleased with how it has gone.”

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