The Plymouth DEVILS have completed their 2017 side with the capture, on loan from Birmingham, of 21 year old former moto-crosser Rob Parker.
The Midlander from Daventry rode for Mildenhall in 2016 but missed a part of the season after suffering pneumonia just when he was hitting some form for the Fen Tigers. He has been practicing under the watchful eye of Devils team boss Laurence Rogers who has been charting his progress , “ I know Rob well as he rode Midland Development League for me at Coventry and I know he was easing himself back in after his illness last year. He is fully recovered and due to his illness probably wasn’t on the radar of many clubs. “
“Our thanks to Graham Drury at Birmingham we were given permission to speak to him about coming to Plymouth. He was at a training session I ran at Peterborough recently and he looked sharp and fast so we had a brief chat about the possibility of him coming to us. He and his father though were a bit worried about the travel involved but I have discussed this with them at length a few times. Finally , after some persistence from us, he has agreed to become a Devil. Initially we are going to see how the travel works out for them but we think it will prove to be okay and we will have him all season.”
Parker is looking forward to the challenge, “ Dad and I have chewed this over with Laurence giving us every chance to work it all out. I did turn down the chance initially but he and Mark Phillips have done everything they can to make sure we are happy with the arrangement. I have known Laurence since I started in speedway and rode for him before and at his training sessions so that is a plus for me. I am looking forward to riding in the Devils side and helping us gain some success.”
The capture of Parker means that Devon lad Saul Bulley will be the side’s No. 8 and will ride in the Junior side that will be riding in the Southern Development League in 2017 and will be there as cover for the club when needed.