Poole skipper Danny King is relishing the prospect of leading the Pirates into action on Tuesday night in the first leg of the Knockout Cup tie against Plymouth (7pm), as the South West bragging rights go on the line.

"I have had the opportunity to get some knowledge of the track down there having guested for Crumpie (Jason Crump) at the beginning of the month. It is a cool little track and I had a decent performance there so it is something to build on. I am really happy to be at Poole, we have a great bunch of lads and although we have not yet had too much track time together, I feel that we all know each other very well through the group messaging chats. If we can put that camaraderie to good effect on the track then it will be a great season for the team.

"I am pleased with what I have seen so far, especially with young Ben (Cook). He has really impressed me and I feel that he could have a big future in the sport. It will be a familiar journey for him on Tuesday, as he has been spannering for his brother Zach so hopefully he will have gained an insight to the track too, and no doubt there will be some brotherly rivalry going on there as well."

Whilst Poole welcome Rory Schlein back to the line-up to be at full strength, the hosts look set to be without their  three-times World Champion, ex-Pirate Jason Crump as he was been thwarted in his attempt to return from a multiple rib injury. Jason found himself still struggling at a recent practice session and looks set to spend a little longer on the sidelines.

With his high average, the Gladiators will be able to cover with a top line guest,  a role that King has twice filled this time. "Yes, I have had a couple of bookings for Plymouth and seen first hand what they are about. They might be missing Jason but they have some great experience in Bjarne and I am pretty sure they won't be making things easy for us. I think I have seen more of Bjarne this season than anyone else and you have got to respect him. He is such a professional.  I am just going to have to remember not to listen to Garry May on Tuesday!!!

Poole, will stage the second leg of the tie on Wednesday 21st July.

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