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Halsey impressed since returning to Fen Tigers

Dan Halsey feels that this year’s Mildenhall Fen Tigers team could be even better than the club’s Grand Slam-winning side of 2012, writes Graham Clark.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers Press and Practice day..Dan Halsey.Picture Mark Westley. (2276351)
Mildenhall Fen Tigers Press and Practice day..Dan Halsey.Picture Mark Westley. (2276351)

The 29-year-old, who was a member of the West Row-based outfit’s all-conquering side six years ago, made the admission after being impressed by what he saw on his return to the club during their 64-25 win over the Plymouth Devils in the National Trophy on Sunday.

“I think this team is as good as the 2012 side if not better,” said Halsey.

“Having watched the others on Sunday there is no real weak link.

“Drew Kemp is a big prospect and is probably the best 15-year-old I’ve ever seen.

“Josh Bailey looks strong and Danny Ayres looks unbeatable when out in front. Without a shadow of doubt they could win everything.

“I’ve not seen the likes of Birmingham and Coventry and although they are strong I can’t imagine they are as strong as Mildenhall through the card.”

After being drafted in to cover injured captain Jordan Jenkins, the 2014 National League Riders’ champion hopes he can top his paid 10 total (9+1) against the Devon outfit when the Isle Of Wight visit Mildenhall Stadium in the National Trophy on Sunday (3pm).

“It was a good day on the track and I was happy with a double-figure score but it would have been nice to go through the card unbeaten,” said Halsey.

“I definitely made a few mistakes on Sunday but a lot was down to race fitness as I ended up tired on the fourth lap.

“Plymouth weren’t the strongest team and neither are the Isle Of Wight but they have a couple of good riders in there. Hopefully the more rides I get the better I will be.”