The Newcastle Diamonds have finally secured the services of teenage sensation Robert Lambert for the 2016 Premier League speedway season.
The North East promotion have tried to obtain services of the 17-year-old three times over the past two years without success, but their persistence has finally paid off.
The club announced on Friday that Lambert will spearhead a very strong Newcastle side that already has its sights firmly set on silverware in 2016 with three riders still yet to be revealed.
The Norwich born racer looked set to sign for the Diamonds in 2014 but the move was blocked by the BSPA over an average point dispute.
Lambert showed fantastic form in the Premier League when riding for the Peterborough Panthers last season and the former Kings Lynn ace has put off a move to Poland to sign for the Tynesiders.
Lambert rode alongside world champion Tai Woffinden when he represented team Great Britain in event two and the race off of the 2015 speedway world cup.
Newcastle Promoter Alan Hedley said: “We have tried three times to sign Lambert and fortunately it’s fourth time lucky. I am personally over the moon that I have been able to secure Lambert’s services for the club.
“He is a stand out talent and is one of the most exciting prospects that this country has produced in the sport for a very long time. Once it became clear that Robert was interested in joining the team it didn’t take long to sort out a deal.”
He added: “Robert has been an absolute pleasure to deal with and I am so pleased that we have been able to secure his services despite him receiving offers from Polish clubs for him. Everyone in Britain wants to see him ride in this country and this signing shows our intentions to challenge for silverware next year.”
Lambert becomes the Diamonds fourth signing of the winter with the former Rye House man lining up alongside Steve Worrall, Tero Aarnio and Ludvig Lindgren.