New Devils bosses busy at work improving St Boniface Arena
PLYMOUTH Devils' new bosses are taking the first steps in getting St Boniface Arena ready for the new season.
The consortium which took over the city speedway club are carrying out small tasks at the Marsh Mills-based circuit before they officially take it over.
Consortium members have been pumping water off the track so they can carry out any necessary repairs before the speedway season starts in March.
A small amount of paperwork has to be completed before the consortium's take-over of the club, which has been delayed by the Christmas period, can go ahead.
The consortium, which is backed by speedway fund Manor Delta, are buying the Devils off previous promoter Mike Bowden.
Consortium member Ashley Taylor, who has been one of the crew working at the arena, said: "There's a lot of tidying up to do at the track, which includes filtering the water off.
"Once we've done that, we can see what has to be done."
He added: "The track still technically belongs to Mike (Bowden), but all we're waiting for is a few things to be signed."
The St Boniface Arena, which is next to Plympton Victoria RFC, is notoriously prone to flooding.
The situation got so extreme that ducks from a nearby river used the track as a temporary swimming pool.
Bowden used to report ducks swimming outside his office window.
Meanwhile, Devils are also waiting to complete their line-up for this season.
Five riders have already agreed to race for the city club this year, but two squad places still remain to be filled.
Taylor said: "It's all progressing, certainly with one of the riders we've been talking to.
"But we're still considering what we're going to do about the vacant reserve place."
There is to be a meeting of the Devils supporters' club on Wednesday, January 9 at The Vale (formerly The Mermaid) in Eggbuckland, starting at 7.30pm.
The committee will be elected and proposals for the running of the supporters' club, to aid the riders, will be outlined.
Club members frequently raise money to help pay for their riders' costs during the course of the season.