Polish rider Piotr Swiderski has returned to the Lakeside Hammers team for 2013
The Lakeside Hammers have received a boost with the news Polish ace Piotr Swiderski has returned to the team for 2013.
Last Updated: 05/12/12 4:47pm
The Polish ace is fit and fully recovered from a broken leg, which caused him to miss most of the 2012 season.
He had hit top form for the Hammers shortly before the injury, with his hard riding and inside overtaking moves making him a firm crowd favourite with fans.
Welcoming Swiderski's return, Hammers co-promoter Jon Cook said: "Piotr was in touch towards the end of the season to express his interest in a return to Essex once fully fit but he wisely turned down our approaches to return for a spell at the end of last year as he wasn't fully prepared and fit at that time.
"However, now he's ready and we both believe he can return to his 2011 form, which made him a firm heat leader in our line up."
Swiderski joins a team which will be led by Australian ace Davey Watt, who is confirmed both in the team and as captain.
Cook added: "Watty has made himself an integral part of the club in less than a year and he's our natural captain.
"His words of encouragement to all immediately after Lee Richardson's death will stay with me for a very long time and he has an ability to get the best out of his team mates, which is exactly what you need from the captain position."
But one rider who will not be in the Hammers seven is young Aussie Justin Sedgmen as the change in doubling up regulations means that only one rider will fill a single position.
Cook said: "Sadly our plans for the team mean we would have had a shared position for Justin but not as a single position rider.
"However, it will be our intention to offer Justin as many of the rides as possible when our chosen Double Up rider is absent.
"He was a real star at times last year and we don't want him to be a stranger if at all possible."