Stars stunned as Haines threatens to quit

King’s Lynn’s British U21 champion Joe Haines is considering his future in the sport.

King’s Lynn’s British U21 champion Joe Haines is considering his future in the sport.

Stars’ team boss Rob Lyon confirmed Haines could well have made his last appearance for the Premier League champions ahead of talks with his Elite League parent club Wolverhampton.

“After last week’s match Joe came to me and said that he wasn’t enjoying his speedway and that he was going to give it up,” said Lyon. “Since then I have spoken to him and tonight (Monday) he is going to meet with Chris Van Straaten before making his final decision, so there is a slim chance we may see him on Wednesday. If we do I would like the crowd to really get behind him and give him some encouragement, he is a talented rider who just needs to start enjoying his racing again.”

Haines has struggled to re-capture his early season form at Saddlebow after a knee injury and picked up paid eight in last week’s league win over Scunthorpe. The Wolves ace lifted the domestic U21 crown in April to stun Team GB squad men Tai Woffinden and Lewis Bridger - and admitted only last month he was enjoying life in Norfolk.

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“It is an awesome team to ride for and I’m enjoying riding for the club,” said Haines. “It’s great to turn up and know you are riding with your mates and the boys did a great job when both myself and Tom (Topinka) were out.

“Lynn is a track I have always liked, even as an away rider I seemed to go well, so the set ups are not a problem but the more you race it then the better you should become. I’m trying to double up this season but, of course, it is so hard in the Elite League and you just have to keep plugging away.”

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