Wednesday June 06, 2018
BIRMINGHAM have snapped up exciting talent James Shanes.

The 21-year-old joins the Edwards Plumbing Brummies as injury cover for Jack Parkinson-Blackburn who is out for the foreseeable future with a shoulder problem.

Shanes currently rides for Sheffield in the Championship and also has top flight experience under his belt with Poole.

The Dorset based racer, who last raced in the National League for Kent in 2016, says he is looking forward to making his debut in next Wednesday’s (June 13) National Trophy home fixture against Buxton.

And Shanes has told how the move was a no-brainer.

“As soon as Birmingham contacted me there was no hesitation from me,” Shanes said.

“I know from when I rode for Kent how good a club Birmingham are and their fans are great too.

“It’s also good for me as well because I know a lot of people there already.

“My speedway career started with Laurence (Rogers – team manager) at Coventry in 2013 and that was my first team place.

“I also rode with David (Mason – co-promoter) at Kent and I learnt quite a bit from him to be honest.

“Then I know most of the boys in the team already and me and Danyon (Hume) for example go back to our Poultec days together.

“So however long my stay with the club lasts, I want to score plenty of points and put on a show for the supporters as well.”

Team Manager Laurence Rogers added: “With the length of Jack’s absence unknown, we couldn’t risk running rider replacement.

“So we sat down, discussed our options and we were delighted when James agreed to cover for Jack.

“Not only is he a quality rider at this level, but he’s also so exciting to watch and I’m sure the Birmingham fans are in for a treat with him.

“Depending on how long he is with us, there may be the odd meeting here or there that he has to miss due to prior commitments. But that’s absolutely fine with us and we totally understand that James is a dedicated, loyal person.

“We just needed to cover Jack while he’s out injured – and James will do just that for as long as is needed.

“We know how popular Jack is at Birmingham though, that’s shown in the past couple of weeks since he came back, but we want to reiterate that ‘JPB’ will be brought back into the side once he’s proved to us that he’s fully recovered and is 100 per cent fit.”

Birmingham would like to thank the promotion and management of Sheffield for their co-operation over the past few days.

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