SPEEDWAY: Lewis Bridger is joining Lakeside Hammers for the forthcoming season in a swap deal with local rivals the Eastbourne Eagles.

The deal will see the Hammers former captain Adam Shields return to the Eagles.

Bridger showed his liking for the Arena Essex Raceway circuit in the Lee Richardson Memorial Meeting racing to second place behind Darcy Ward but ahead of a host of the World’s top riders. He will link up again with Hammers co Promoter Jon Cook who first put Lewis into the Elite League aged just 16.

Jon Cook said: "I am pleased Adams love for Speedway has returned and, after a rough few years, it makes sense that he returns at a track where he feels most comfortable. "He's been a great servant to the Hammers but it's not the greatest secret that he didn't always enjoy having the Raceway as a home track".