The Newport Wasps have confirmed the signing of British under-21 champion Joe Haines on a short-term contract while Alex Davies recovers from injury.
Alex Davies is likely to be out of action for a while after suffering a broken vertebra while riding at Poole Speedway last Wednesday.
Joe himself sustained serious injuries racing in Australia this past close season, but has recovered sufficiently to replace the Wasps’ star reserve.
Wasps manager Kevin Brown said: “We obviously missed the points contribution that a rider of Alex’s calibre would have brought when the Somerset Rebels defeated us last Saturday.
“We have plugged the gap with Joe being available and that will assist in our forthcoming fixtures against Sheffield away on Thursday and Ipswich at home on Saturday.”