BIRMINGHAM have secured the services of Chris Hay for the 2017 National League season.
The 28-year-old joins Tom Bacon, Danyon Hume, Darryl Ritchings, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn and Layne Cuppit as the sixth signing for the Surestop Brummies.
The former motocross rider made a number of appearances for both Stoke and Buxton in the second half of the 2016 campaign and is looking forward to his full first season in the sport.
Said Hay: “I was delighted to get the phone call from Birmingham and this is a really big thing for me.
“I eased myself into the sport last year but moving to such a big club like Birmingham will hopefully help me progress to the level I want to be at.
“I used to do motocross but then I went to one of the Wayne Carter Training Schools last winter and I really enjoyed having a go on a speedway bike.
“I picked it up pretty quickly and I raced in a few of the amateur meetings at Scunthorpe.
“Riding in the Midland Development and Northern Junior Leagues was all good experience and I was glad to get some National League meetings in in the end too.
“Although I’m a late starter to speedway, I still want to have some success in the sport and I think Birmingham is the perfect kind of place for me to show what I can do.
“It may take me a couple of weeks, but I’ll be keeping my eyes and my ears open at all times learning as much as I can from some good riders and some experienced management and hopefully it won’t be long before I start doing a decent job for the team.”
Brummies team manager Graham Drury said: “I know the signing of Chris is one people probably won’t have seen coming, but I have been encouraged by his approach to his racing behind the scenes.
“He goes about his preparations the right way and he’s keen to become a solid points scorer.
“It’s not going to happen overnight for the lad but with a bit of encouragement and confidence behind him, he could well prove to be a good signing.
“I saw him on a couple of occasions for Stoke towards the back end of last year and he beat some riders who’ve been in the game a lot longer than he has.
“Chris is the oldest signing I’ve made at this level but I feel he can be a good addition to the side both on and off the track.”