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Bandits sign up the Dragon from Down Under; SPEEDWAY.

THE management of the Berwick Bandits have officially announced the return of their 2017 rider and fans-voted rider of the year with eager delight, as club asset Jye Etheridge became the fourth rider to sign up for the 2018 season.

Australian Etheridge was one of the most significant SGB Championship improvers in recent memory and established himself as a threat to anyone in the League on any track, as his calculated match average rocketed skywards by an incredible 3.86 points from 1.20 in 2016 to 5.06 in 2017. The shrewd Bandits management recognised the talent and moved swiftly to purchase his contract outright from the Edinburgh Monarchs in 2017. He joins his fellow Australians Aaron Summers and Kevin Doolan alongside comeback sensation, Brit David Howe, in the Bandits 2018 line-up - forming an already solid looking side with strong potential for each rider to improve on their existing averages.

Club co-promoter and owner Scott Courtney said: "We are delighted to give 'The Dragon from Down Under' Jye Etheridge a warm welcome back to Shielfield Park and its an honour to welcome back our 2017 Bandits rider of the year. Jye impressed me with his performance in the 2016 stars of tomorrow meeting at Berwick and I vividly remember thinking that anyone who gets up off the deck that many times and still gives it 100% is made of tough stuff. Put that together with his talent, discipline and the correct environment, the results should come, and they certainly did come for Jye!

"Myself and my brother, Jamie, felt that we had to make the move to purchase him from the Monarchs and make him a fully-fledged asset and we did so as soon as we committed to giving him his opportunity. I'm sure Jye has progression in mind for 2018 and we are excited to see him line up once again for the Bandits."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 9, 2017
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