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Welcome back Carl Wilkinson and Tero Aarnio!
Thursday 1st February 2018, 08:47 UK
With the 2018 speedway season some two months away, the Newcastle Diamonds have added  a "Double-Diamond" treat for their supporters with two more former Newcastle riders returning to roost.
Both Brit Carl Wilkinson and Finnish star Tero Aarnio will again be making the trek to Byker this season and both have a fine ability to score good quality points, giving the team a solid, strength-in-depth look along side Stuart Robson, Ludvig Lindgren and Ashley Morris with only two more required to complete the jigsaw.

Diamonds' team manager George English said: Its a reliable five we have so far and Carl and Tero are solid scorers, especially round our Brough Park shale and are both fired up to resume their Newcastle careers.

"Tero was with us in 2015 and 2016, but was dogged by knee issues, but after coming back with Scunthorpe last season is fully fit an eager to start his top scoring again for us, while Carl, who also rode for the Scorpions of late, was last a Diamond in 2007 when he became embedded in Newcastle fans hearts thanks to his all-action, leg-trailing, never-say-die attitude to his racing, making him a serious entertainer.

"This leaves two more places to fill, and we're anticipating the wait won't be too protracted, as the sooner we get a settled 1 to 7 the better for all concerned."

Wilkinson began his career with Peterborough in 1997 and has always been one of the sport's rare characters having also ridden for Redcar and Berwick in his time, whereas Aarnio was the Finnish Under-21 Champion in 2004 and 2005 after starting his racing on 80cc machines at his home track of Kuusankoski when only 20 years of age.
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