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Max and Matty.... Welcome back!
Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 19:36 UK
Photo: Steve Brock
Rob Grant Junior has only been in charge of the Newcastle Diamonds for one week, but has moved swiftly to start getting his 2020 squad in place and, in front of a jammed-packed South Gosforth Social Club on Tuesday night, revealed his first two recruitments for next year, while answering all the fans' questions.
Double-Diamond works wonders, or so the old advertising campaign went, but with the M&M power-pair of Max Clegg and Matthew Wethers pledging their support from last season's squad, and are undoubtedly two of 2019's most popular Diamonds of the season with both stereotypical never-admit-defeat fight-to-the-last yard, racers who have injected a massive amount of excitement into the Brough Park scene.

Matthew Wethers (b: 30 May 1985, Adelaide, South Australia) first rode at the age of 12 on 125cc machines at the famous Aussie Sidewinders club. He made his British début in 2003 with Edinburgh, then joined Glasgow in 2005 before returning to Edinburgh.

Wethers settled at Berwick where he was taken to the Border hearts, joining Workington in 2015, then returning to Berwick in 2016, but had an enforced year out in 2017 before joined Newcastle in 2018 and is now back for his third season on a track he knows well, and indeed excels as having scores a paid 21-point maximum with Edinburgh in one of the most masterful performances at the Byker track in it's entire 91 year history.

Max Clegg (b: 11 April 1997, Brighouse, West Yorkshire) started racing grass track at the age of seven before moving onto speedway when he was a teenager and was local club Sheffield’s mascot. He rode in the British U-15 500cc Championship in 2011 finishing second and made his National League début for Scunthorpe in 2012.

In 2013 he made his Premier League début for Sheffield in the last meeting of the season, and in 2014 he made his Elite League début aged just 16 against Wolverhampton, signing for Cradley for 2015 as their number One and captain. In 2016 he won the British U-19 Championship and the National League Riders Championship. He has consistently been a shining star in the Diamonds line up in 2019, frequently in double figures and many believe would have won the Diamond of the season vote, which sadly was overlooked.

With Clegg in attendance on Tuesday night, Grant was overwhelmed at the massive turn out on a cold night and said: "If this huge crowd for a social event is an accurate indication to how things might go next season, then I think we're onto a winner and what a season we're in for. I just cannot wait for Spring to get here and we can get started.

"Both Max and Matty are so unbelievably popular at Newcastle and fierce fighters who scored so many points last season it wasn't a hard decision to ask them to come back for 2020, and their strength to score points could be a critical pointer to how 2020 will go.

"Tonight has been so, so positive, it has told me yes, this is the right thing to have done and its only pushed me to work even harder for the future of the Diamonds, and this is only day seven! Bring it on!"

Further announcements are expected very soon indeed and will be released through the usual channels.
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