Friday July 14, 2017
BMR Rocket Rob Branford’s season is unfortunately over after suffering a shoulder injury.

The former national U-21 Champion, who missed Rye’s trip to Wolverhampton on Monday because of the problem, has now advised both the Rockets and his Championship side Sheffield that his recovery time will preclude further track action in 2017.

The 23 year old had enjoyed a powerful 2016 with both the Rockets and Raiders, collecting the club’s Rider of the Year award at a National League level, but had admittedly found points harder to come by in 2017’s top-flight.

As Rye House Co-Promoter Steve Jenson commented, “Branny seems to have lost a bit of his on-track aggressiveness and confidence this year, perhaps without the safety net of the National League to fall back on, and maybe that has played as much on his mind as the recent shoulder injury.

“We are obviously sorry to see his season come to a sudden halt, but hopefully he can recuperate and rest when he gets back home to Aus, and return fresh and fit in the future. 2016 showed us all his undoubted potential, and he knows there will always be a place for him here at Rye House.

“In the meantime, we are looking at available options, and have applied to the BSPA Management Committee for a facility while we look to fill the gap.”

Former Rocket and Raider Ben Morley is already lined up to guest for Branford in tomorrow night’s return SGB Premiership fixture at Hoddesdon against Wolverhampton.