Mar 15 2010 By Fraser Wilson
EXPERIENCED Englishman Lee Dicken has been named Glasgow Tigers captain ahead of the start of the 2010 speedway season this month.
Dicken was chosen by Tigers management on Sunday and said it was an "honour" to follow in the footsteps of club legend Shane Parker who has moved on to Somerset.
Dicken's never-say-die attitude, Premier League experience and motivational skills made him the popular choice for the role with the Ashfield club as they look to improve on last season's disappointing second-bottom finish in the Premier League.
The 31-year-old Humberside-based rider has represented eight clubs in his long career but is entering his sixth season at Glasgow - only a spell with his hometown Hull lasting longer.
He told the Glaswegian: "This is a real honour as being captain is something I have never achieved in my speedway career.
"I'm under no illusions as to the fact it will be a tall order following in the footsteps of Shane Parker who was a hero here and an absolute martyr to the sport.
"But I will grasp the opportunity with both hands and hopefully help the side have a successful season."
Dicken will be tasked with helping the younger members of the Tigers squad achieve their potential. But he also hopes to improve on his own performance last year which was hampered by a late start.
He has been chosen to start the season at number four - behind Travis McGowan, Robert Ksiezak and James Grieves - as Tigers management look to shore-up their middle order.
Dicken said: "I hope to get the younger lads believing in themselves and use my experience to make sure they are set up right for the track. Sometime that's where the younger guys suffer.
"Hopefully between myself and Travis we can bring the young lads on."
Pics by Ian Adam.
Watch our exclusive video interview with Lee Dicken here.