SWINDON Robins have signed up New Zealand rider Bradley Wilson-Dean to replace Danish youngster Mikkel Brondum Andersen in a dramatic team change.

Robins boss Alun Rossiter has been forced to scrap plans to bring in Andersen because his assessed average was higher than club officials expected and took the team over the points limit imposed for next year’s SGB Premiership campaign.

Now Wilson-Dean, who missed out on a Premiership place with Somerset because his average was too high, has been handed his chance at the Abbey Stadium.

Wilson-Dean said: “I’m stoked to be given this opportunity at Swindon. I was disappointed not to be back at Somerset but I know speedway is a numbers game. It went against me at Somerset but I guess it’s in my favour now at Swindon.

“I like the place having ridden there towards the end of the season. I think it’s the right move for me and doubling up with Peterborough will be perfect and it means I will have more time on the bike.

“Alun (Rossiter) is a great guy to be around and having someone like Jason (Doyle) as skipper will not only inspire me to greater things but also learn from what he has to say. I can’t wait to get started now.”