Speedway: Dane Jan Graversen becomes Leicester Lions' fourth signing
Leicester Lions have snapped up Danish rider Jan Graversen.
The 23-year-old moves from King's Lynn to Beaumont Park on a full transfer, and is the club's fourth signing.
Graversen spent the latter half of last season on loan to Scunthorpe after earlier spells with Redcar and Stoke.
In mid-October, he mastered difficult track conditions at Scunthorpe to win the Kenny Smith Memorial Trophy.
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Leicester promoter David Hemsley said: "Jan will start the season wearing the No.6 race bib in the team but I fully expect him to work his way out of the reserve berth.
"On the number of occasions I have watched Jan race I have been impressed with his commitment, and this was borne out by his well-deserved win last season at Scunthorpe".
Graversen made an immediate impact in British speedway when he rode in the Shareholders' Junior Trophy at Mildenhall in October 2007. In his first outing, he almost broke the track record.
That secured him a berth with Mildenhall for 2008. But the campaign proved a disaster for the club and they became the first in British speedway history to flatline, losing all 30 league fixtures.
Graversen, however, dug in amid the adversity. He made more appearances than any other rider and finished with a average of 4.51.
It was in 2009 that Graversen really made his mark. Mildenhall were taken over by the King's Lynn promotion and the Dane was hired as one of their reserves.
Graversen went on to enjoy a fantastic year with the Stars, increasing his average to close on six points per match.
He was also one of five riders – Darcy Ward, Emiliano Sanchez, Chris Schramm and Linus Eklöf being the others – who completed a tremendous treble with the side winning the League Championship, Premier Trophy and Knock-Out Cup.
Such were the averages that Graversen could not be accommodated in the King's Lynn side for 2010.
Graversen began the season with Redcar but moved to Stoke in June. Two months later, he was on his travels again, this time to Scunthorpe.
With a starting average of 4.69 for 2010, the Dane joins Russian duo Sergey Darkin and Ilya Bondarenko, and England's Jamie Courtney in the Lions line-up for the forthcoming Premier League season, which revs into action in March.
Hemsley is striving to continue his recruitment drive and more rider announcements are expected shortly, with Lions fans eagerly looking forward to the return of speedway in the city after an absence of 28 years.