Wednesday December 11, 2013
CRADLEY Heathens have been forced into a rethink over their team building for 2014.
The reigning National League champions have had to pull the plug on plans to sign teenage hot shot Brady Kurtz - a fortnight after agreeing terms.
And as a consequence they have also released title winning hero Dan Greenwood after originally including him in their plans.
Club chairman Nigel Pearson said: "Brady was agreed a fortnight ago but we have received notification in writing that the British Speedway Promoters' Association have deemed him ineligible for the National League.
"As a consequence, we have spent all day number crunching and a very reluctant decision has been made to release Dan to accommodate our alternative plan which will be unveiled in due course.
"It's a setback, but Dan has been very philosophical and we will do everything we can to fix him up elsewhere. He is a true hero with us after what he achieved last season and he can always be proud of that."
Greenwood, meanwhile, insists there are no hard feelings with the club.
He said: "I understand how speedway works and the club need to build the best team they possibly can with the averages available.
"My hopes were high after I was told I was likely to be in but the change in circumstances with Brady Kurtz has also had a knock-on effect for myself which I'm gutted about but totally understand.
"I will keep in touch with all my friends and sponsors and also intend to attend the Christmas Party this Saturday to wish Heathens fans a Happy Christmas.
"I'd like to thank everyone at the club for making me so welcome and perhaps I will come back and ride for Cradley again in the future."
Cradley have Steve Worrall and Max Clegg on board for next season with talks expected to open with Tom Perry and Nathan Greaves soon.