Australian Under-21 champion Keynan Rew admits Speedway GP rider Jason Doyle tempted him to Ipswich as he makes his British league debut in 2023.

Rew has spent his entire European career in mainland Europe so far, forging a close connection with Polish giants Leszno, before making the move to First Division team Gdansk for next year.

With former Bulls team mate Doyle leading the Ipswich side for a second straight season, Rew admits the 2017 world champion pointed him in the direction of Foxhall.

He told the Witches website: “Me and Doyley are pretty good friends, we speak regularly, and he told me Ipswich is the place to be, that it is very professionally ran and there’s never a problem there. He helped me to make it happen and talked me into going.

“My career so far has been based mainly in Europe. I haven’t done anything in the UK yet, so probably not a lot of people know me there. I have been racing in Poland for the last three years. I started in Rawicz, I went to Leszno and eventually ended up in Krosno last season in the First Division. Next season I will be racing in the First Division with Gdansk in Poland.

“From what I have seen and heard, Ipswich is a very professional club and the management were great to deal with. When I started to speak to Chris (Louis), he made it very easy and simple to get a contract done, which made life simple and made me excited to join the team.”

Rew hopes to hit the ground racing in the UK as he prepares for the Australian summer season. He said: “I will be doing a fair bit of racing in Australia and keep the bike time going whilst everyone else in Europe is struggling for bike time. That is an advantage for us. Other than that, I will chill out, go to work and enjoy my summer!”

The 19-year-old appeared in the final round of this season’s SGP2 series – the FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship – falling just short of the semi-finals at the FIM SGP2 of Poland – Torun on September 30.

Polish-based Rew was a series reserve for this year’s competition, but he hopes to play a more regular role in SGP2 next season, as well as starring for his clubs.

He added: “I would like to be scoring well in Poland and the UK. It is my first season in the UK, so I don’t have the biggest expectations, but I have goals and I want to be scoring well there and I have the personal goal to race in SGP2 and do well in that.”