PIRATES chief Matt Ford believes the signing of “star of the future” Josh Grajczonek will make his club the envy of the Elite League.
Ford suggested that all of Poole’s rivals would have loved to have snapped up the Australian after he had put the finishing touches to Grajczonek’s 2014 contract.
The emerging talent became the first name on Pirates’ team-sheet after being rewarded with a place following his excellent contribution to the club’s title triumph.
Grajczonek took centre stage as Pirates stormed to grand-final glory last term on the back of the Aussie’s 38 paid 43-point haul from a mammoth 26 play-off heats.
The 23-year-old, who scored 95+11 in 13 meetings for Poole, will start the season as a full club asset following his switch from Glasgow and on a 4.48 average.
And promoter Ford is adamant that the prospect of Grajczonek adding “one-and-a-half points” to his average makes him a sought-after rider.
Ford told the Daily Echo: “He is a top lad, he is very at home here and I know our supporters will be happy with him as our first signing.
“He has certainly got the capabilities to improve by one-and-a-half points and, in my opinion, he is a star of the future.
“If we hadn’t been after Josh, with the way he rode at the end of last season, I think everyone would have wanted him in their team.
“I am really pleased to have him on board.”
In a further boost to Poole, Ford revealed that Grajczonek becoming a Pirates asset had meant that the Dorset club’s meetings would take precedence in the event of any potential doubling-up fixture clashes.
Ford added: “His improvement last season was fantastic. He improved dramatically when he stepped in and he was a match-winner on many occasions.
“I know this will be a very popular signing with the fans who really took Josh to their hearts last season.
“I genuinely feel he has the ability to become a six-point plus rider and it is a major season for him. Fingers crossed, he can also pick up a contract in Sweden and Poland and set his sights on being an international rider.”