Theo Pijper to reunite with the Bandits
Experienced Dutchman Theo Pijper will once again ride for the team he previously said was the team he really wanted to ride for, original realising his ambitions two or three years ago before moving on in 2017, but a year later has found unexpectedly that's he's on the way back to Shielfield from Redcar, much to his band of Border fans' delight.
Bandits' team manager Scott Courtney said this morning: "“As always it’s a bitter sweet feeling when changes have to be made but we have to follow what we feel is best for the club and when the opportunity arose to bring Theo back to Berwick in the reserve berth it really does make perfect sense.
"2016 was not that long ago and Theo Pijper was consistently performing as a heat leader for most of that season for us and if we can rekindle some of that fire I think we stand a very good chance maintaining our good home form and also adding some away points to our tally.
“Naturally it’s very difficult to make these decisions and averages play the most significant part to all of this. John Lindman is a good guy who has came over and given it a good shot.
"He has shown glimpses of form but there is no doubt that some of the challenges of the upcoming away tracks will be a big hurdle for him and we feel the need at this stage to bring in an experienced and well prepared campaigner in Theo.
"I hope this is not the last we see of John and we have done everything we can to make him feel welcome and he always will be welcome at Berwick. Johns current match average is around 3 points and the need to do well at home, and away is as strong as ever this season, hence the reason we have made the move.
“I am delighted to welcome Theo back and also sad to see John make way. Tough decisions sometimes have to be made for the good of the club and we hope this move will add even more firepower to an already impressive KLS Bandits side."
Pijper makes his return to the Northumbrian side this Saturday when local rivals the Newcastle Diamonds drop by for league glory, and the Bandits are in determined mood to gain revenge for the early season friendly defeat at the Diamonds hands back nearly two months ago.
Bandita then travel to Newcastle in Sunday at 6.30pm for the return SGB Championship league match.