Published: 10:02, 28 November 2019
| Updated: 10:03, 28 November 2019
Kent Kings are wasting no time gearing up for life in the Championship.
They’ve followed the capture of Scott Nicholls from Leicester by agreeing three more deals.
The first is a familiar face with 2019 captain Rob Ledwith on board for another season.
Kings have also completed the loan signings of Australian Cameron Heeps, from Ipswich Witches, and Tom Bacon, who joins from Peterborough Panthers.
Heeps is Kent’s first Australian rider and arrives at Central Park on the back of big success back home and in England, including a National League quadruple with Mildenhall Fen Tigers.
Kings boss Chris Hunt said: “We are delighted that Cameron is on board for the forthcoming season.
“He has made a big impact on British speedway these past few years - indeed it’s remarkable really that for someone still as young as 24 and having come here from somewhere as far away as Australia, that he’s about to start his tenth season in British speedway.
“That makes him a very experienced rider at this level and this will be invaluable to us.
“He’s also a winner, as his remarkable haul of 10 state titles back in Western Australia from the under-16 ranks up to senior level and his team success here testifies to.”
Bacon missed last season through injury but is well-known to Kent fans after his exploits with Mildenhall and Birmingham.
He made his Central Park debut in the 2015 Futurama event and was a key member of the Brummies side who won the double a year later.
Bacon said: “I am delighted on my return now to full fitness that I’m joining the Kent Kings, it is a brilliant set-up down there and a track I have always enjoyed riding.
"The fans have always been fantastic towards me even as a visiting rider, so I am very excited to get started in 2020.”
Hunt said: “I’m absolutely certain that our fans are going to be cock-a-hoop at the signing of Tom.
“There’s simply no one who’s been more popular among the Central Park faithful as a visiting rider than Tom – and his performances have been consistently brilliant with high scores and some of the fastest trace winning times too.
“We have, of course, wanted him in our ranks for some time now and our elevation up into the Championship means that now can be a reality."
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