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Eriksson: I'll help stop Witches rot

PUBLISHED: 20:00 11 June 2003 | UPDATED: 13:59 03 March 2010

HIP, hip, hooray for Freddie Eriksson.

This is the response from Ipswich Evening Star Witches fans as the 22-year-old Swede makes his debut against Peterborough in the Sky Sports Elite League at Foxhall Stadium tomorrow night.

HIP, hip, hooray for Freddie Eriksson.

This is the response from Ipswich Evening Star Witches fans as the 22-year-old Swede makes his debut against Peterborough in the Sky Sports Elite League at Foxhall Stadium tomorrow night.

With just three wins in the first half of the league season, Ipswich supporters will be looking to the former King's Lynn rider to give the club a much-needed boost.

"I will do what I can," stressed Eriksson today. "I am looking forward to riding in the friendly and nice atmosphere of the Elite League.

"I had a chance to go with promoter Nigel Wagstaff when he moved from Lynn to Oxford last winter but turned it down for two reasons.

"Firstly, Oxford is too far away from my Beccles base and secondly I needed intensive treatment on a long-standing injury that has been causing me concern."

Eriksson was born with a hip problem, but after regular and sustained treatment he says that he now much fitter than he has been for three years.

"I may be a bit rusty though," added Eriksson. "I have ridden a few meetings in Poland for Gdansk, but have been concentrating on the Swedish League with Rospiggarna.

"I originally chose the Polish League because it is one day a week, and I could spend more time in Sweden having treatment.

"The Polish League is tough and there is so much pressure. The atmosphere in the Elite League is so much more relaxed. It was frustrating to have my Witches delayed last week. My van was half way to England.

"I like the Foxhall arena, the track and the feel of the place. I am looking forward to riding there again and hopefully I can help Ipswich move up the table."

Eriksson, whose bikes arrived by road and ferry yesterday, will be flying in tomorrow. He will be staying with former Lynn rider Richard Hellsen, who is set to look after his machinery.

Tom P Madsen is the rider who will make way. He said: "There is no doubt that Ipswich need a fresh face.

"It is a shame it is me who has to go. I tried everything I knew to get a machine that would score consistently, but it never happened."

Meanwhile, Great Britain's top hope Scott Nicholls looks like winning his race to be fit for Saturday's British Grand Prix at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

The 25-year-old Witches star suffered back and neck injuries riding in Poland last Saturday. On top of that Nicholls is currently suffering from a debilitating virus.

However, he is optimistic though about getting back on track for Ipswich tomorrow. "I needed a rest and have been forced into one. I was burning myself out with so many meetings," said a croaky Nicholls today.

"I hope to ride tomorrow and will see how it feels in the morning. I had treatment from physio Brian Simpson on Monday and was told that I had inflamed muscles in my neck and back. Nothing is broken or strained."

Nicholls pulled out after three rides for Wroclaw last Sunday and he would have missed Ipswich's match at Belle Vue on Monday if it had gone ahead.

He did not travel to Sweden yesterday and instead put his feet up to enjoy a welcome rest.

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