Swiderski talks are already under way

IPSWICH Evening Star Witches skipper Chris Louis has admitted talks between Peterborough and the Witches as to the future of Pole Piotr Swiderski have already taken place.

Mike Bacon

IPSWICH Evening Star Witches skipper Chris Louis has admitted talks between Peterborough and the Witches as to the future of Pole Piotr Swiderski have already taken place.

And although there have been no promises or moves by either side regarding Ipswich's popular Pole, it is clear there is room for movement on Swiderski becoming a permanent Witch.

With Ipswich asset Danny King settled in nicely at the East of England Showground, Louis knows the Witches have a bargaining chip for Swiderski.


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“We have spoken to Peterborough about Piotr,” Louis said.

“He has done fantastic for us this season and of course Danny (King) is with the Panthers. There could perhaps be a swap, but we are a way off that happening yet.”

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Louis was talking on the eve of the Witches penultimate home meeting at Foxhall tonight, a challenge clash between Young Lions and Euros versus Young Eagles and Roos. Louis has already admitted part of the reason for running such a meeting is to see some of the world's young talent at Foxhall, with a view to 2009 team-building.

And with 2009 in mind Louis said Coventry loanee Rory Schlein would be a welcome returnee to the Witches fold.

“Rory's attitude is just spot on,” Louis said.

“He just wants to win races and we would obviously love him back. But, unlike Swiderski where we have a chance to negotiate, with Rory it will be a case of what Coventry wish to do first.”

Despite a successful enough season on-track, Louis said the club did not even break even in 2008. A sign of the times perhaps?

“Our support continues to be very good, but the club's position is that we made a loss,” Louis added.

“I think that reflects more on the League and a bit of fixture chaos rather than our support. Continuity of fixtures is important and I hope the sport keeps to its three-year plan in the winter.

“The sport needs to think about giving back something to fans.

“It is still an affordable family sport, but it would be nice to not raise admission prices, or even reduce prices.”

Louis meanwhile, like Mark Loram, is still battling injury.

His shoulder problem hasn't improved greatly and it is a case of continuing to progress with physio and work.

Loram is set to make a decision on his future before Christmas.

Tonight's line-ups

Young Lions and Euros: 1 Tai Woffinden, 2 Leon Madsen (rides for Wroclaw in Poland and Indianerna, Sweden), 3. James Wright, 4 Linus Sundstrom (rides for Bydgoszcz in Poland and Piraterna in Sweden), 5 Chris Schramm (c) 6 Sonke Petersen (rides for Brokstedt and Grindsted in Denmark).

Young Eagles and Roos: 1 Krzysztof Stojanowski, 2 Marcin Liberski (rides for Lodz, Poland), 3 Travis McGowan (c), 4 Trent Leverington, 5 Grzegorz Zengota (rides for Zielona Gora in Poland and Masarnaavest in Sweden), 6 Pawel Miesiac (rides for Daugavpils in Poland, and Masarnaavesta, in Sweden).

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