Wednesday January 18, 2017
| BIRMINGHAM have completed their line-up for 2017 with the signing of talented teen Kean Dicken. |
The 15-year-old has shown plenty of encouraging signs on the British youth scene and has now been given the opportunity to step up to the National League with the reigning Champions.
Dicken is the son of former Hull and Glasgow racer Lee, who also rode for Buxton in the third tier last year, and joins the Surestop Brummies as a 3.00 reserve.
Birmingham team manager Graham Drury says he is delighted to have Dicken on board and feels his side for the forthcoming season is more than capable of challenging for honours once again.
Said Drury: “I had so many riders get in touch with me regarding our final position in the team and after thinking long and hard about it, I was more than willing to give Kean his first proper shot at competitive racing.
“I had riders of all ages asking if they could ride for Birmingham this year but I wanted to give a youngster a chance because I believe that’s what the National League is about.
“You only have to look at our teams from the past two seasons and look at how a large percentage of those riders have progressed in such a short space of time.
“I wanted to add another young, British name to that list who have benefitted from starting their careers with Birmingham and I think Kean could fit that bill perfectly.
“I’ve heard so many good things about Kean both on and off the track and I think he’ll love being a part of this Birmingham team.
“He’s got some great equipment, he’s got great pedigree and he’s got the right people around him which is a huge bonus for the lad.
“His whole family dedicate their time doing everything they can to make sure he gets to the top as quickly as he can and if he shows me the dedication and commitment to get there, as I feel he will, then I will help guide and assist him every step of the way.
“I think he’s going to prove to be a real hit with our supporters and while it may take him a few meetings to settle in, I have high hopes for Kean, I really do.
“I’m absolutely over the moon with the side we’ve assembled once again and I can’t wait to get the lads together as a group for the first time!”
Meanwhile, Dicken himself is relishing the chance to line-up for the back-to-back National League Champions.
“I’d already heard from a few clubs about signing for them, but when Birmingham got in touch, there was only one place I wanted to be,” said Dicken.
“I’ve heard so many good things about the club and it’s somewhere where I feel I’m going to learn a lot and hopefully progress like some of the other riders have.
“I’m good mates with Jack Parkinson-Blackburn and everyone knows what he did in his first season with them.
“I’m just so excited for what’s going to be my first real big year and I can’t wait to get stuck in and score some points for the team.”
Dicken joins Tom Bacon, Danyon Hume, Darryl Ritchings, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, Chris Hay and Layne Cupitt in the Birmingham line-up.