Stoke Speedway has announced that captain Tony Atkin has left the club with immediate effect.
The club said categorically that his decision was down to personal, and not financial, reasons.
Promoter Dave Tattum said he was “devastated” by the news especially as Mr Atkin was a long-time personal friend.
The Potters will now be assessing all options for replacing Mr Atkin, who has been their stand-out performer so far this season.
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