Wednesday October 09, 2019
BIRMINGHAM skipper James Shanes has thanked everyone at the club for their support and backing during some of his ‘darkest days’.

The all-action racer became an instant hit with the Perry Barr faithful after signing part way through the 2018 National League campaign.

And upon the club stepping up to the Championship, Shanes was not only kept on board but also installed as captain.

He enjoyed some fine performances for the Edwards Plumbing Brummies – before seeing his season curtailed after sustaining numerous injuries, including a broken back.

That didn’t stop the 22-year-old winning three of the four main trophies at Friday’s End of Season Awards though, including Brummies Rider of the Year.

And he also told how he’s desperate to be included in next year’s team – and has vowed to be fully fit come March.

“There’s never a good time to get injured but it was a real shame to lose out when I did because I was hitting some good form at the time,” Shanes said.

“Even though it hasn’t been the easiest of years for the team I’ve still loved every minute.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I just feel so at home with Birmingham and everything about it I enjoy.

“It’s a real family club and they got me through some dark times last season.

“It was great to be able to move up from the National League to the Championship with them and I feel like I did take some steps in the right direction on a personal note.

“I’d love to pick up where I left off next year – and I really hope that’s with Birmingham.

“All I can do at the moment is rest and see how quickly things move along.

“But as soon as I’m allowed I’ll be doing everything I can to get back to full fitness to make sure I’m as ready as I can be for the start of next season.”

Popular Italian Paco Castagna was the other senior winner at the awards night for having the Most Improved Average

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