Sunday June 18, 2017
BIRMINGHAM have snapped up David Mason as a replacement for Darryl Ritchings - subject to BSPA approval.

The 40-year-old will slot into the main body of the team and is set to make his debut at Perry Barr this Wednesday against Lakeside - the club who sacked him last month.

Not only will Mason come in as a rider, but team boss Graham Drury has also appointed him as Development Coach as well.

Said Drury: "I know I've banged on about the National League being for young British kids or riders with a long future ahead of them, but I had to go completely against the ethos this time around.

"It wouldn't be fair on our supporters or to the general paying public at the tracks up and down the country if we ran with rider replacement for the rest of the season.

"David's name stood out by a country mile when I sat down to study the options and despite his age, we're thrilled to welcome him to Birmingham.

"We're not expecting maximums week in week out from him, but he will guarantee you six, seven or eight points most meetings and could well be the difference between winning or losing meetings.

"He's a very experienced rider and I want him to pass that on to the younger members of our team.

"I've handed him the role of Development Coach and the things the other riders will learn from him will be invaluable to them and will stand them in good stead.

"David's been mistreated and messed around by a number of clubs since the AGM and we're over the moon to offer him a bit of stability at Perry Barr."

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