Jan 18 2011 By Fraser Wilson
STEWART DICKSON has backed new Glasgow Tigers duo Theo Pijper and Christian Henry to get their speedway careers back on track after years of injury woe.
Both riders have barely featured in the British form of the sport for the past two years after a succession of injuries.
But, having been convinced their fitness is back to its peak, Glasgow boss Dickson reckons the middle order duo can both add at least a point to their starting average and help the club climb the Premier League table.
Henry, pictured right, has been out of action for the best part of two years after a serious broken arm curtailed his 2009 season at King's Lynn.
The 29-year-old Aussie starred for Glasgow eight years ago and looks set to don the number four vest for Dickson's new-look Tigers.
Former Edinburgh ace Pijper, 30, spent last season riding in the Long Track circuit on the continent after recovering from a broken collar bone sustained while riding for Swindon Robins.
The Dutchman has a Premier League champions' medal to his name after helping Edinburgh finish top in 2003 and it's that sort of experience which Dickson hopes will be invaluable to his side.
Dickson said: "Theo has been hampered by injuries in recent years but he was racing in the Long Track circuit last year and finished fourth in their world championship.
"He has bought two brand new bikes and, when I met him last week, I was very impressed with his attitude.
"Theo has plenty of experience from his time with Edinburgh. He is a good gater, a middle of the track racer, and what I would call a 'Steady Eddie'.
"He came in on a 4.5 average but, without putting too much pressure on him, he should hit six standing on his head.
"Both he and Christian are safe signings and I fully expect them to add a point or two to their starting average.
"Christian was with us in 2003 so knows what the club is all about.
"He was number one with Newcastle three years ago but has been out of the saddle for 18 months now.
"I'm convinced he's a natural racer though and he has been about the block so I think he can put a point on his average no problem.
"We have Joe Screen, Josh Grajzconek and James Grieves at the top end so we are not asking Theo and Christian to give us miracles.
"But they are capable of getting fives and sixes every week and if they do that then we will be in a very strong position."