The Newcastle Diamonds are delighted to announce their first signing for their 90th Anniversary Season in 2019 and they feel it will be an announcement that is going to please their loyal fans.
Returning to Brough Park for a second season as a Diamond will be the 33-year-old affable Aussie, Matthew Wethers. Known to all the Diamonds faithful as “Stormy,” Matty returned to British speedway last season with Newcastle and did more than enough to be invited back.
The hard-riding Wethers who lives in Edinburgh, rode well all season long for The Diamonds and was considered by many throughout the Championship as one of the top reserves in the league. He ended the season with a Green Sheet Average of 5.78.
Newcastle joint-promoter Martin Phillips was delighted to capture Wethers’ signature for the 2019 season after his performances last campaign.
“Last season Matty proved to everyone what a good professional rider he was and as a result he had to be the first on this year’s team sheet. He proved to be a reliable and hugely competitive racer and he is a pleasure to deal with.”
“We had to fight off several other clubs who showed interest in him but I’m pleased to say his loyalty to Newcastle after we gave him a chance to return last season helped swing the deal in our favour.”
As for Wethers himself? Well he reflected on his 2018 season and admits whilst finding it tough he thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to get going again next season in Diamonds colours.
“Being called in at the last minute for the 2018 season was a bit of a shock to me and I felt like I had a difficult start to the season trying to get back into the swing of things but it didn't take long until I was really enjoying my racing again.”
“The Diamonds are a great team to ride for, the management are easy to get along with and the supporters were very friendly, so when Martin called me and said they wanted me back for 2019 I had no hesitation to sign up.”
“I'm looking forward to the coming season as I'll be much better prepared and not starting on the back foot. Hopefully the extra time will allow me to get some sponsorship in place and have my bikes ready to go so I'm not running around at the last minute.”
“I'm planning to have a new engine for the start of the season and I can't wait to get back down to Newcastle and start scoring some points again.”
Exciting times for The Newcastle Diamonds and more to follow in the near future as more rider signings are announced.