Pointless Pole walks out on the Panthers
KAMIL Brzozowski has quit Panthers after just three meetings – and without scoring a single point.
Club bosses believe the 23 year-old, who was using borrowed equipment during his short Panthers stint, could retire from speedway completely. He didn’t ride for his Polish club, Grudziadz, yesterday either.
Brzozowski is understood to have been badly shaken up after being involved in a horror practice crash at the Showground last month in which countryman Karol Zabik suffered a broken thigh and dislocated shoulder.
Panthers have applied to the British Speedway Promoters’ Association (BSPA) management committee for the right to use a facility to fill the void left by Brzozowski’s sudden exit – starting with a televised showdown at Elite League play-off rivals Wolverhampton tonight.
Director of speedway Peter Oakes said: “We had a talk with Kamil on Thursday night after our win against Lakeside and as far as we understood he was going to bring his own bikes over for Wolverhampton.
“Then, out of the blue, we got the text followed by an e-mail. Kamil doesn’t speak much English but we understand he is seriously wondering whether he should retire completely.
“Our feeling is that perhaps he was badly shaken by the crash in which Karol Zabik suffered quite serious injuries.
“While Kamil hadn’t scored we were prepared to persevere with him because he has an impressive Polish record and is currently higher in the First League averages than people like Artur Mroczka of Poole and Nicolai Klindt of Wolverhampton, both of whom are terrific Elite League performers.
“He was also due to go down to reserve on Thursday which would have possibly made it easier for him to settle in.”
Panthers have now launched a new search for a long-term replacement. In the meantime they will most likely use the rider replacement facility to cover Brzozowski’s absence tonight while hiring a guest for injured skipper Niels Kristian Iversen.
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