Many predicted him a good career and the fact that he might soon join PGE Ekstraliga. However, the reality in his case is brutal and after ROW Rybnik and Wolfe Wittstock, he did not find a club in Poland for the 2022 season.
WP SportoweFakty / Arkadiusz Siwek / Pictured: Jye Etheridge
– This is another gem we found. This boy has skills, he has talent, and I have a driver’s license. Nor does he lack ambition. I think it would fit right in with our team philosophy – Krzysztof Mrozek said in 2018.
A few months later, Jye Etheridge joined the team for the first leg in Zielona Góra. He did not leave the track and did not get any other opportunities.
After his three-year contract with ROW expired, Rybnik expired, and he moved to Wolfe Wittstock. However, he was not allowed to race there, and he spoke about the reasons in an interview with WP SportoweFakty.
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Konrad Cinkowski, WP SportoweFakty: Last season you were a Wolfe Wittstock player, but you didn’t start in a second Speedway League game. Did you talk to the club about the lack of professions?
J Etheridge, representative of AustraliaAt the beginning of the year, the club told me that due to COVID-19 I would not be able to race for them. I asked if I could change the club and sign somewhere else. I got approved, but no new team was found. Wolf himself did not speak either.
Are you very disappointed by that?
It definitely looks a bit like that, because I had it all ready to ride, and that wasn’t…
Were there any wishes and talk of a new contract?
No, there weren’t any conversations.
The transition period ended a few months ago and you have not found an employer. why?
I have spoken to many Polish clubs. I was very eager to find a team, but no one was interested. Later one call from the first league rang, but we could not agree on the terms …
Thinking of finding a club in Poland during the season?
I will for sure, because I have invested a lot of money in buying new engines from Ashley Holloway, intended for driving in the Polish league.
We will definitely see you at the British SGB Championship. What about the other tournaments? [b]Finding a club in the country on the Vistula River and in the SGB Premier, is your priority in the first phase of the season?[/b]
I’m not chasing clubs and I’m not saying I have to arrange new contracts at any cost. I want to start the season in the best possible way by focusing on this league. Time will show what will be next. The track in Manchester is the closest to the Polish track. When I was driving for Belle Vue Aces, I beat several riders, from PGE Ekstraliga and eWinner from League One and Two. With the Premier League it would be so problematic that when I went back to the contracts, most of the teams had already filled their teams…
Driving in one league allows you to achieve a satisfactory number of matches, or will you be looking for opportunities to drive outside the UK – is it in the league or in ‘open’ matches?
It’s a limited number, and a lot, so I will definitely look for opportunities to drive – both here in the UK and in other European countries.
In addition, there will be matches as part of the new competition in Great Britain – the Summer Cup. It is definitely something interesting, because, as the name suggests, it is only played during the summer holidays, and for you it will be an additional opportunity to get started. It’s just that there won’t be many such starts, because only four matches…
Honestly, I don’t know what this new summer cup entails, but I’m going to treat it like any league game and aim to win there.
In Great Britain, you will be racing for the Berwick Bandits. How do you see your chances in the SGB Championship?
My goal is to become one of the best players in Berwick and to keep progressing so that I can reach the rest of Europe.
Your team is a mixture of expertise in people like Chris Harris, Theo Bigger and Theo Bigger with the guys – you, Ricky Wells, Leon Flint and Kyle Beckley. What do you think of this configuration?
The club has built a very strong squad. I see “bandits” as candidates for the title.
I’ve won Player of the Year for three consecutive years.
It was definitely a great honor for me. Last season wasn’t the best for me, but I was appreciated.
Will this award also be yours in 2022?
I will try everything to make it happen! However, it will be very difficult, because our team is a very strong team. However, as I told you before – I want to be one of the best “bandits”.
Berwick Bandits’ first matches have not been scheduled for early April. So when are you planning to go the track and what are your plans for March?
I think I will start training in Great Britain and travel to the places where these tours will take place. I’m fortunate to be back in Australia for the winter, as I have a track on my property, so I’ve trained a lot on my motorbike. There was also cross country skiing to keep you fit.
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