January 27th 2017
JACK Parkinson-Blackburn says he's never been more excited for a season with the new campaign just around the corner.
The 17-year-old is gearing up for another big year as he joins two of British Speedway's most famous clubs.
He's back in the Championship with ambitious side Glasgow, while he links up with Coventry in the National League who are back on track after a season out of the sport.
Talking about his team spot in Scotland, Parkinson-Blackburn said: "When Peter Facenna first called me asking my plans for 2018 I thought someone was playing a joke on me but I quickly realised this was the real thing.
"I flew up to Glasgow to meet Peter and he showed me around the Stadium and I was blown away by the set up and was left in no doubt about how serious and ambitious the Glasgow promotion are.
"After that it was a no brainer really.
"The team they've assembled is amazing and I can't wait for the season to come around.
"I rode with Chris Harris and Paul Starke at the end of last season when I was doing a few guest bookings for Peterborough, including picking up a winners medal in the Knockout Cup Final... So I'm hoping that's a good omen!
"I feel I'm capable of scoring regular points in the Championship and want to double my starting average.
"Having James Sarjeant as partner at reserve is a real bonus. I know James quite well and we only live 30 minutes from each other and the plan is to get out and practice together has much as we can.”
And after three unforgettable years with Birmingham, Parkinson-Blackburn has spoken about his switch to Midland rivals Coventry.
"When the news broke about my release from Birmingham, my Granddad got a call from Mick Horton and a deal was done within 24 hours ," he said.
"I haven't rode at Leicester for a couple of years but I do really like the track and have had some good meetings there in the past.
"I know Coventry are a club with a massive history and I am well aware of the problems that have seen them drop into the National League.
"But I hope the supporters will back us and turn out in numbers as that makes a big difference to us as riders.
"Hopefully we can have a good season on track which will hopefully lead to a future team back in the higher leagues."