Lewis Rose will return to Tyneside in 2016. Picture credit: Steve Brock.

Lewis Rose will return to Tyneside in 2016. Picture credit: Steve Brock.

The Newcastle ‘Sapphire Engineering’ Diamonds took another step forward in completing their 2016 line-up after securing the signatures of British reserve duo Lewis Rose and Danny Phillips.

Rose returns to Brough Park for his third consecutive season, the 26-year-old will hope to make next year his breakthrough season after injuries have so far blighted his short career.

The Berkshire born racer was forced to leave the Diamonds midway through last season due to injury but was restored to the Diamonds line-up for the final meeting of the 2015 season against Rye House.

The former Kings Lynn racer will occupy the number six race jacket for the Diamonds while 19-year-old Phillips will ride in the number seven position.

An alteration to rules by the British Speedway Promoters Association this month meant that each Premier League side will have to field a British reserve that is also eligible to ride in the National League, the third tier of British speedway.

Phillips will make his debut in the Premier League next year, but he is already familiar face on Tyneside after progressing through the junior ranks with the Diamonds.

The Teesside born racer performed admirably for the Potters in the National League campaign last season and also shone in the British Under-19 Championship.

These two latest recruits means that the Diamonds just have one vacant position remaining until their team for the 2016 Premier League Speedway season is complete.

Rose and Phillips join an already strong Diamonds side that consists of Steve Worrall, Tero Aarnio,Ludvig Lindgren and Robert Lambert.

Newcastle Diamonds Team Manager George English said: “We are really pleased that we have been able to fit both Lewis and Danny into our team for next year. Rose has performed really well for us over the past couple of years and it is only injury that has prevented him from progressing further in his career.

“We know he will be in top condition when the season gets underway in March so we just have to hope that he will be able to avoid the injury curse next year.”

English added: “Danny will be an unknown prospect to most of our fans but I know the great potential that he has to offer and I’m sure he will prove to be an exciting prospect for us next year.”

 
 

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