Saturday November 23, 2019
The 'Cases' Somerset Rebels have swooped for Yorkshireman Josh Bates for the 2020 season.

A two-times British U21 Champion (2014 and 2016) who can also boast an U19 title to his name makes the move to the Rebels after spending a truncated campaign with Leicester in the SGB Championship and Peterborough (Premiership). Bates, who began last term battling back from a back injury sustained in a bizarre sledging accident in March 2018, saw his season of good promise cut short when he suffered a crash at the Showground mid July.

It was an incident that left him needing an operation to reposition a bone in his neck which subsequently left him side-lined for the remainder of the term, spending the time focused on restoring his fitness in readiness for a return to racing for the season ahead.

Bates, 23, appeared for the Rebels in the club's 20th Anniversary challenge meeting against Poole last season, scoring paid 8 and is a rider that has always impressed Rebels co-promoter Garry May. "You know you are getting full-on effort from Josh, he is an entertainer and in recent seasons has been blighted with injuries. Given a clean run then I believe he can certainly build on his 6.19 starting average and it will be good to work with him on regular basis. I have always been impressed by his attitude when he has stepped in to guest for us in the past. I remember his valuable contribution for us in the League Cup final at Glasgow in 2016 when he scored paid 16 out of the reserve berth in the first leg and followed it up with a paid 9 at the Oaktree. Some of those performances will go down well for us as we hunt down the league title"

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