Reade set to return to Devils team for 2013
HOT prospect Ben Reade has been named as the rider who is expected to fill one of the two remaining slots on the Plymouth Devils speedway team this season.
Reade, who has made a remarkable recovery from a heart condition which could have blighted his career, has convinced Devils' management that he has what it takes to perform in the Premier League.
The 21-year-old is a Devils 'asset' and is contracted to the city speedway club.
However, as a development rider, he was loaned out to National League Stoke, where he proved a success.
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Reade returned to the St Boniface Arena last season as a replacement for Dane Nicki Glanz, who was in the middle of a contract dispute with then promoter Mike Bowden.
He promptly made his name by winning his first-ever Premier League heat against Workington.
Devils team manager Lee Trigger said he was prepared to give Reade a shot at making one of the team places his own.
Trigger stressed the deal was not fully completed yet, but he added: "I'm nearly 100 per cent sure the deal will be done. I suppose you would describe it as a formality.
"We've talked it through and everything's been agreed, so it's just a case of getting the paperwork done now."
Trigger made it clear he would give Reade plenty of time to adjust to his surroundings in a higher league.
He said: "It's not going to be a case of trying him, then getting rid of Ben if it doesn't work out immediately.
"He'll be given time and the advantage is that he will have a lot of good riders around him, giving him advice.
"Ben has impressed me with his attitude and willingness to learn and I know he'll work hard."
The use of an already-signed asset will also be helpful to the club's finances.
Devils were recently taken over by a consortium which includes former captain Seemond Stephens.
While the outlook for the Devils – who finished bottom of the Premier last season – is promising, they are hardly dripping with cash at the moment.
Reade has already shown that he has the determination to succeed.
He spent some time out of speedway recovering from an operation to cure a heart problem.
Trigger, however, admitted that he had not yet nailed down the rider he wanted for the final team place.
He said: "I've come across a few stumbling blocks and getting how I want has not been as straightforward as I first thought it would be.
"It's paper-work more than anything. Because the rider in question is from abroad, there are hold-ups involving his work permit.
"It's not ideal, but if it doesn't work out, I'll have to consider another option."