Polish international Krzysztof Kasprzak has rejoined Coventry Bees, who are hoping to challenge for the 2013 Elite League.
Kasprzak, 28, will take up the number one position in the team, his signing coming at the same time as previous incumbent Chris Harris moved down the M6 to join local rivals Birmingham.
Kasprzak previously rode for the Bees in the title-winning season of 2010, joining when they were bottom of the league and playing a big part in their dramatic rise to take the title.
Since then he has had spells with Birmingham and Poole. He has also qualified for this year’s Grand Prix, giving the large number of Bees fans who travel to the event one of their own riders to cheer for.
Of the departing Chris Harris, Bees promoter Mick Horton said: “Obviously we wish Chris all the best and he still remains our asset, so hopefully one day he may return.
“We wanted an out and out No. 1, and so it was a decision made by the club to pursue different avenues.”
This leaves Bees just two places to fill before the start of next season.
Bees have made another signing for the National League team, as yet having no official team name, in the shape of former Under-18 Champion Brendan Johnson. He joins James Sarjeant, Oliver Green wood and Richard Franklin in what looks a formidable top four.