Payne Named Colts Skipper
Lee Payne will return to the National Speedway Stadium for a second consecutive season with the Belle Vue Colts and has also been handed the honour of team captaincy for the 2017 campaign.
On the subject of his almost-complete 2017 side, Goodwin continued: "There's a healthy mix of experience alongside the incorporation of younger individuals into the side. It's what we wanted.
"You've got to remember that while every other National League club has been building their teams since before Christmas, we've had to tell our lads to be patient. Don't worry, it will come together.
"They've not been made aware until at least late February if they even have a team place this season, and it's all credit to their desire to want to ride for Belle Vue that they hung fire and waited.
"For myself and Steve [Williams] as team managers, it demonstrates a trust and loyalty in the club that they've been willing to wait all winter based on our word while not knowing what's happening.
"Those are the kind of riders we want at this club, riding for this club. Yes it has been a turbulent few months but now the pieces are coming together and I'm sure we're going to have a great year."
Payne has also confirmed his services for the reserve berth in the upcoming Peter Craven Memorial on Saturday April 1st.
Photo by Ian Charles
Monday 20th March 2017