Danno Verge has signed for the Eastbourne Seagulls NDL squad.
Verge comes to Arlington having previously ridden for Kent, Mildenhall and Isle of Wight.
Verge, who lives at Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, said: “It is almost like a childhood dream come true.
“I grew up riding on the Eastbourne junior track and when I was younger we always stayed on after the Saturday training school to watch the meetings.”
Verge admitted he had plenty to learn about finding the right lines around the Arlington track.
“I haven’t scored mega round there but I was the same when I signed for the Isle of Wight.
“I wasn’t any good around the big tracks and I knew that was what I needed to improve my career.
“In 2019 after two years at the Isle of Wight I had a really good season.
“My aim is the same.
“If I can get dialled in within a couple of meetings I can start doing a job. It will be a good track to master.”
He added: “I am really excited about the opportunity. I want to find a club I can settle down with. I am a loyal person.”
Verge has already found some sponsors for the season and hopes to add a few more before the season begins.
The rider’s first name will spark memories for many Eastbourne fans of Stefan Danno but it is the Swede’s brother, Roland where the connection is made.
“My dad rode for Hackney and he rode with Roland Danno and he eventually ended up living with my dad at my nan and granddad’s house when he first came over.
“They are very good friends and I have been out to Sweden a couple of times to see him and they’ve been over to stay with us.
“Roland Danno was my dad’s best friend and that’s where my name comes from,” Danno Verge explained.
Club director Ian Jordan commented:
Danno has a wealth of NDL experience gleaned over the last 5 or 6 seasons for one still so relatively young.
He was unfortunate to lose his planned place in the 2020 Isle of Wight Warriors Team due to some late changes there and we are delighted to welcome him onboard the Seagulls project.
With the reduction in points limit to 35 points, solid second strings with an average in the 5-6 point range, with the scope to improve further will be a vital component of any successful side.
Danno has shown us that he has a fire and determination to go further in the Sport and we are delighted that he is joining the Seagulls NDL squad.
We also plan to stage regular 2nd Half NDL, and separate MSDL level Individual Races after our “Championship only” fixtures, to offer our developing and younger NDL and MSDL level Riders some regular track time pretty much every week, and Danno has signed up for that initiative and will become a key mentor and role model in that respect of the younger and developing young Rider asset base.
We’re also delighted to confirm that we have agreed a 2 year deal for Danno to give him the security and solid base that we both feel he needs to optimise his undoubted potential and commitment and passion for the Sport.
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