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'I always want more' - Newman set for operation after end of Poole Pirates' season

Poole Pirates charger Kyle Newman spoke to Total Guide to Dorset about his plans for the off-season.

Resolute Kyle Newman revealed he was set to go under the knife this winter and declared: “I always want more and feel I can do more.”

The Poole Pirates reserve has been riding with discomfort in his shoulder for the past two seasons – with an array of scans revealing the full extent of the issue.

Brought back by Pirates for the 2023 campaign, Newman has been extremely busy at reserve for the Dorset club in recent weeks in the absence of Anders Rowe.

He is set for another test when Poole welcome Scunthorpe in the second leg of the Championship Knockout Cup on Saturday (7.30pm).

The 31-year-old told Total Guide to Dorset: “I’ve had an okay season. I always want more and feel I can do more.

“I’ve got some plans in place for the off-season, ready to really get where I want to be next year.

“I’ve got an operation planned hopefully on my shoulder. Get that 100 per cent ready for next year. Get a lot fitter.

“Once that is sorted, I know where I can push myself to then. I will work on the bikes, there are a few things I want to do with the bikes that I’ve learned this year.”

Quizzed further on the injury, former Weymouth Wildcat Newman said:  “It’s been from the start of last year. I have been having scans left, right and centre. Eventually they have figured out what is causing the discomfort.

“It is what it is. I know the limit on it and sometimes I am pushing the limit on it but that’s the risk in what we have to do.

“I will happily pull that skull and crossbones on and push it – but I’d love to be not pushing it as much, that’s why I want to get it sorted ready for another assault next year.

“Mentally I am strong as an ox. It doesn’t really bother me. As soon as you get on the bike it’s head down and go. You notice it but you just have to put it in the back of your head.

“Most speedway riders are riding with a niggle. I’ve just had to plough through it.”

Pirates go into the second leg of the cup final, having suffered a 47-43 defeat against the Scorpions at the Eddie Wright Raceway last weekend.

And While Newman’s full focus is on delivering a second piece of silverware to Wimborne Road this campaign, he would like to be part of the septet in 2024.

“I think that goes without saying. Me wanting to be at Poole is just a known statement,” he added.

“I don’t need to bang on about that too much. We’ve got the final to go first. Let’s get that done and then we will hopefully try to sort something out in the off season.  

(Picture: Taylor Lanning Photography)


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