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Mildenhall Fen Tigers aiming to build a balanced squad for 2020 National League campaign

Mildenhall Fen Tigers co-owner Phil Kirk believes that building a balanced team is the way forward to fighting for top honours in the National League next year, writes Graham Clark.

Following the conclusion of this year’s National League AGM on Monday, the West Row-based outfit will be one of seven teams to take to the tapes in speedway’s third tier in 2020.

Although the points limit has been raised from 36 to 39, the Fen Tigers management will not be going down the road of building a top heavy side.

Phil Kirk
Phil Kirk

“The phone has not stopped ringing with riders wanting to come to Mildenhall but as ever it is tough picking the right riders to fit the 39-point limit,” said Kirk.

“We want to try and get a balanced side of riders that will improve throughout the season rather than getting big hitters in that will leave us weak at the bottom end.

“We will be building a side that features some familiar names and that will be able to excite fans at the same time.”

One thing Kirk insists is vital the Fen Tigers must achieve next season if they are to be battling it out for silverware, is remaining unbeaten at home.

“We must make sure next year that we don’t get beaten at home. We can’t have meetings like those against Belle Vue and Cradley like we did this season,” said Kirk.

“If we win all our home meetings and pick up a few points on our travels there is no reason why we won’t make the play-offs, as long as the riders stay fit with the team we have in mind.”

The Fen Tigers will also stage two individual meetings next year after being given both the National League Riders Championship and one of three scheduled semi-finals for the British Under-21 Championship event.

“We are very pleased to have them both as any big meetings can only help improve and raise the profile of the club,” said Kirk.

“It is great that the three stand-alone clubs in the National League have been given the British Under-21 semi-finals as the BSPA have realised that these clubs need the meetings and it’s great they have showed such support.

“If it works out right the National League Riders Championship should bring together the best 16 riders in the league which will be a good thing to us.

“We are looking forward to holding such meetings and working with the BSPA to make sure they are a major success.”

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