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SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter has poured cold water on rumours that his former captain Chris Harris could be set for a switch to Blunsdon next season.

The two know each other well after Harris was a key part of Rossiter’s Coventry side which stormed to the Elite League title in 2010, while the Robins boss was also in Bomber’s corner in what was a difficult campaign in the Grand Prix series.

Rossiter, along with co-promoter Gary Patchett, is in the process of stepping up preparations for the defence of the Robins’ Elite League title next season, but believes the link with Harris is simply the result of guess-work.

“I think the fact that I have been helping Chris out in the Grand Prix may have made people make the link, but it is not something I am aware of,” the Robins boss said.

“I think maybe he could benefit from having a season away, but it is purely speculation and I have had no conversation with Chris about it.

“But you never say never, of course you don’t, but at this stage there has been no conversation about it.

“The talk has only started because of my involvement with him, during what was a tough year for him.”

Although he has had no discussions about bringing the former British Champion to Blunsdon, Rossiter does believe Harris could benefit from a year away from the Bees after a tough 2012 which saw him lose his spot in the Grand Prix.

“He needs to find a direction in the winter and rebuild and start again,” he said.

“He needs to get his hunger back, and he went to Belle Vue before and with respect that was not one of his better moves.

“A new challenge is probably something which could do him good, and he may have gone a tad stale at Coventry.

“The same was true when I released Rory Schlein from Coventry, and he has bounced back really well.

“Chris is obviously a great rider with a lot of heart, but maybe he just needs to find a bit of direction to get him going again.”

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9:17am Thu 8 Nov 12

oldlegtrailer says...

Well it don't matter much who is in the team at this stage because if some of the top riders have their way there will be so little speedway to watch in UK it will not be worth it. The top riders have become so greedy they want to ride every day of the week in 5 different countries and a GP. Great for them but no good if you are a supporter of UK Elite team. Some of them are forgetting where they made their name and they forget about the second string riders who need meetings to survive. Stead was a prime example last year. If the likes of Holder and Ward want to ride only in Europe let em go they are not bigger than speedway.
Well it don't matter much who is in the team at this stage because if some of the top riders have their way there will be so little speedway to watch in UK it will not be worth it. The top riders have become so greedy they want to ride every day of the week in 5 different countries and a GP. Great for them but no good if you are a supporter of UK Elite team. Some of them are forgetting where they made their name and they forget about the second string riders who need meetings to survive. Stead was a prime example last year. If the likes of Holder and Ward want to ride only in Europe let em go they are not bigger than speedway. oldlegtrailer

10:48pm Thu 8 Nov 12

mancrobin says...

They may not be bigger than speedway but the sad fact is British speedway is getting smaller. The Stead dilemma in terms of meeting is why so many prefer the premier league. It's Sky that keeps the Elite League going along with a group of dedicated promoters.

I felt for some time that it would be better to to collapse the Elite and Premier and have more infrequent individual, pairs, 4's and cup competitions where the grand prix riders could take part. That would satisfy the regular speedway goers, the home based riders and introduce a wider audience to the sport for the bigger meetings.
They may not be bigger than speedway but the sad fact is British speedway is getting smaller. The Stead dilemma in terms of meeting is why so many prefer the premier league. It's Sky that keeps the Elite League going along with a group of dedicated promoters. I felt for some time that it would be better to to collapse the Elite and Premier and have more infrequent individual, pairs, 4's and cup competitions where the grand prix riders could take part. That would satisfy the regular speedway goers, the home based riders and introduce a wider audience to the sport for the bigger meetings. mancrobin

3:43am Mon 12 Nov 12

GalaxyMan says...

The problem with that mancrobin is you'll lose possibly the biggest incentive to follow the sport- namely you would lose 'your' team.
You only have to see how poor the crowds get for open meetings and the KoC to see what a gamble it would be.
The problem with that mancrobin is you'll lose possibly the biggest incentive to follow the sport- namely you would lose 'your' team. You only have to see how poor the crowds get for open meetings and the KoC to see what a gamble it would be. GalaxyMan

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