Mildenhall swoop to sign Aussie wonderkid
Mildenhall Fen Tigers have swooped to sign Australian teenage sensation Cameron Heeps.
The 15-year-old was unveiled as the club’s fifth signing for their new look National League side at a packed Support the Tigers night at West Row on Saturday.
Announcing the news to delighted supporters co-promoter Chris Louis said: “I believe we have signed the hottest Aussie prospect this year.
“I know a number of clubs were looking at Cameron but when he heard that he’d be getting the chance to work with Michael Lee and joining a young vibrant team he had no hesitation in choosing Mildenhall.”
In a message read out at the forum the youngster said he couldn’t wait to come over and start racing for the Fen Tigers.
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Heeps will start the season at reserve on a three point average.
The four other riders who’ve put pen to paper for the new term, skipper James Brundle, Joe Jacobs, Oliver Rayson and Jack Hargraves, were all on hand to meet the fans as well.
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Louis also revealed the final two places up for grabs in the Tigers line-up might not be decided until press and practice day on April 11.
“Although that’s less than a week before the season starts this will be the chance for youngsters to impress us and maybe even earn a team place.”
National League co-ordinator Peter Morrish attended the event and told supporters how thrilled he was that Mildenhall was competing in the league this year.
Meanwhile Louis and his fellow co-promoters Lee and Kevin Jolly admitted they were “blown away” by the amount of supporters who turned out on Saturday.
Lee said, “Becoming promoter of the Fen Tigers is one of the most nerve racking things I’ve ever done. But seeing so many fans giving up their time and taking the trouble to come makes it all worthwhile.
“I’m sure they all know now how serious we are about making this new venture work and giving them a team and club to be proud of.”
The SMS Fen Tigers Supporters Group also handed over a cheque for �1,000 after staging a series of successful fundraising events.
“We can’t thank them enough,” said Lee. “They are a vital part of the club and it’s brilliant the way they are backing us.”
The former World Speedway Champion also revealed that the plans for a Speedway Academy at West Row are now being drawn up.
“Now that the Fen Tigers are up and running we will soon be starting to sort the academy out. Everyone knows my dream is to find a new British World Champion so I can’t wait to get started.”