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Diamonds react quickly to shock decision to stand down by bringing back GB World Cup star.
Monday 4th March 2019, 15:39 UK
Photo: Steve Brock
Newcastle Speedway was rocked on Saturday by the shock news that 2019 signing Nike Lunna has decided to give himself a break from the rigours of league racing.
Lunna said ‘After long consideration I have come to a decision to step back from racing and give me a chance to build something new to my life.’ The Finn then added ‘I have had so many injuries and most of them are still giving me pain and slowing me down.’
"Every time I go into something I will give 100% but that is no longer possible so it’s time to have a break."
Newcastle Co-promoter Martin Phillips said: "This was obviously a massive blow to us but we thank Nike for his honesty and we wish him well for the future though obviously it has left a big hole in our team which, when we looked at replacements, we decided that to cover properly we would have to unfortunately re-adjust our thinking and to that end I had to tell Victor Palovaara that he has become a victim of circumstances and that we could not use him in the upcoming season, it was not a decision we took lightly but we felt it was necessary for the good of the club.
"However by doing that we have managed to bring back to Brough Park the man who on three successive occasions was voted Diamond of the Year, Steve Worrall, and we are sure that his return to Brough will delight all of our supporters in our 90th Anniversary season.
"Obviously that still leaves us one rider short for our 2019 squad and we are currently scouring the scene to bring in the right person to complete our 2019 septet."