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Roynon vows to beat injury setback
8:41am Thursday 6th September 2012 in Sport
HEATHENS skipper Adam Roynon is determined to bounce back from his latest injury and lead the team to a league and cup double.
Roynon crashed when riding for Elite League club Coventry at Swindon last Thursday and suffered a fractured and crushed vertebrae.
Thankfully it’s not serious enough to require surgery and Roynon has set himself a target of September 25 and the play-offs for his comeback in Heathens colours.
The inspirational Heathens skipper says he’s determined to end the season on a bike rather than on the sidelines.
He said: “I’ve got this far in the season and I’ve been busier than ever and I don’t want it to end this way.
“I’d like to thank the Heathens management and fans for all their messages of support, I’ve been overwhelmed by it all.
“I’m determined to make it back for the play-offs. Normally they say an injury like this is six weeks and we have the home leg set for September 25 at Wolverhampton so I’ll see if I an get back for that.
“If not then hopefully the lads can get us into the final and that will give me a month to be right, but I want to be back riding for all my clubs if possible because there is something to chase with all of them.
“Dudley have been the best team in the National League consistently all season. It’s my last season of riding at that level and I want to be lifting the league and cup.
“I want to win things, that’s the aim with Dudley and I don’t want to simply be watching from the sidelines. I’ve done a lot of meetings, it’s been the best season of my career and I don’t want it to end on the injury list.
“As soon as I crashed I knew there was something wrong but thankfully it’s not serious enough to need an operation and hopefully it will repair itself quickly enough to be back racing.
“I’ve loved riding for the Heathens and everything they say about the club is true, the management are brilliant and really look after their riders and value them and the supporters turn out in big numbers.
“They really do deserve a track of their own, they turn out at Wolverhampton week in and week out but I understand the history and Wolverhampton were always Cradley’s great rivals.
“It would mean the world to me to win the league and cup with them. They didn’t even have a team three seasons ago and now look where we are.”
Meanwhile Heathens have switched their end of season awards night to a bigger venue after it sold out in one home meeting.
The event, on Friday November 2, will now take place at The Venue Conference and Banqueting Suite, High Street, Dudley and over 150 more tickets are now on sale.
Priced at £10 they are available from the Heathens track shop and via the online shop on the website dudleyheathens.co where fans can also purchase official club merchandise.