Poole Pirates: Eklof called up for tonight's Elite League Grand Final clash
As the Poole Pirates anxiously prepare for the second leg of their Elite League Grand Final clash - the call up of Linus Eklof could see the Swede become an unlikely home hero.
The 23-year-old will take over from Kyle Howarth in the Pirates' roster, as the 18-year-old will miss tonight's decisive meeting due to Premier League commitments with Workington.
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The reigning champions have it all to do if they are to retain their Elite League crown. The Swindon Robins came out on top in the first leg, and will take a seven-point lead to Wimborne Road tonight.
The Pirates' leading riders of Chris Holder, Darcy ward and Krzystof Kasprzak have been in fine form, but with Poole boss Matt Ford calling on the back riders to improve - Eklof has a fantastic chance to shine.
"Linus has shown us already that he can score valuable points for us and there is no question if he can punch above his average weight and help us pull back the seven points he will be the hero of Wimborne Road" said Ford.
"I know that Kyle (Howarth) is bitterly disappointed to have to miss out as he was looking forward to being part of the side but I equally know this is an unbelievable opportunity for Linus who cannot wait to be part of the final proceedings."
The second leg was due to take place earlier this week, but torrential rain forced the meeting to be postponed.
Eklof made his last appearance for the Pirates in the first leg of the semi-final playoff against Lakeside - scoring two points.
The 23-year-old grabbed his best score of the year against the Birmingham Brummies with a seven-point haul.