Monday August 06, 2018
BIRMINGHAM have added Josh Embleton to their ranks - and boss Laurence Rogers is backing him to make an impression at reserve.

The 22-year-old replaces Jamie Sealey and will make his debut in Wednesday’s Perry Barr clash with Kent (August 8, 7.30).

Embleton had a brief spell with Stoke but left the Loomer Road club last week.

And boss Rogers admits the Brummies moved quickly after discovering that news.

“Jamie had not long come back from nine weeks off the bike and he’s still struggling,” Rogers said.

“That was evident in his riding and I think it will be a while before he is properly match fit again.

“We were looking at making another change down at reserve and as soon as we heard Josh had left Stoke, David (Mason - co-owner) and I wasted no time in contacting him.

“Josh is a rider who has made steady progress, particularly in the last 12 months, and if he can settle somewhere then I think he has got the potential to go quite far.

“Hopefully that will be with Birmingham and we’re hopeful that he can make a bit of a difference down at reserve.

“He’s an asset of Championship side Newcastle and their promoter George English is a wily, shrewd character so that says something about Josh in itself.

“He’s already ridden at Perry Barr once this season and scored four paid six while guesting for the Isle of Wight.

“So we are quietly confident he can build on that and more importantly we think he and Sheldon (Davies) can form a good partnership at reserve.

“Sheldon has got a lot of spirit and a lot of promise and if Josh can come in and just do his best then I think those two could work really well together at six and seven.”

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