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By Steve Carpenter Monday 26 November 2012 Updated: 28/11 12:12
FORMER British Champion Scott Nicholls will remain as skipper of Coventry Bees for the 2013 season after committing his future to the Elite League outfit.
Nicholls led the club to their greatest period of sustained success between 2005 and 2007 culminating in the Treble in the latter season.
He returned to his parent club in 2012 and enjoyed a consistent campaign albeit affected after breaking his collar bone mid-way through the season.
But he finished in strong form as the Bees reached the KO Cup Final before eventually losing out to Poole.
Bees promoter Mick Horton believes Nicholls will provide a powerful influence both in the pits and on the track as they look to move back up the league next year.
"To my mind he's the best captain in the Elite League and it's good to have him in that position," said Horton.
"He was consistent this year, it was a shame about his injury but the really encouraging thing is that towards the end of the season he was as quick as anybody."
Nicholls joins Aaron Summers, Adam Roynon and Michal Szczepaniak who have all been confirmed as starters for next season and Horton is not ruling out any more ins or outs at this stage.
Elsewhere, Bees have also confirmed they will be competing in the National League in 2013 – and have made their first signing for racing in the third tier.
Promising teenager Oliver Greenwood has joined from Scunthorpe and will be part of a youthful side built very much with the emphasis on progression for the future of the club.
Co-boss Laurence Rogers added: "Oliver is a young rider on the way up.
"He’s a good lad, and he wanted to come to Coventry. Mick (Horton) and Rob Godfrey did a deal at the AGM which sees Oliver become a Coventry asset, and that’s the first one of hopefully seven.
"I’m hopeful that we can conclude deals with two more riders, and the remit from Mick is to bring in some good young talent which will hopefully become Bees of the future."
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