Friday May 31, 2019
BIRMINGHAM have snapped up Finnish international Tero Aarnio.

The unattached 35-year-old replaces Ulrich Ostergaard who has endured a tough run of scores.

Aarnio, who has a wealth of experience at second tier level, will make his debut for the Edwards Plumbing Brummies in Wednesday’s Championship home clash with Sheffield at Perry Barr (7.30).

Team boss Laurence Rogers said: “First and foremost I think we need to thank Ulrich for his efforts during the opening couple of months this season.
“The way we’d built our team over the winter meant he started at No.1 but he was up for the challenge and we thought he’d turned a corner when he scored double figures against Eastbourne at the beginning of the month.

“But he’s struggled in his last four meetings for us and his scores from the heat-leader position he’s been in have been well below what we need as a team.
“He’s had a few things going on behind the scenes as well and we hope Ulrich does get signed up somewhere else very soon because he’s a smashing guy.
“As for Tero, he’s got so much experience at this level and he really is a capable performer.
“He’s represented Finland on the world stage many times and he was itching to get back into British Speedway.
“He was a really reliable member of Newcastle’s team last season and he’s been hitting some good form on the continent as well, including a ten-point score in Sweden on Thursday night where he got the better of Grand Prix star Antonio Lindback in the process.
“We’re delighted to welcome him to Birmingham and we thank Rob Godfrey at Scunthorpe for his co-operation over the past 24-hours.
“Again we hope this reiterates to Birmingham supporters that we’re not just happy to be a part of this league – we want to compete as best we can and we want to the best that we can be.”

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