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Watt set to remain an Eagle

Davey Watt today revealed he is almost certain to ride for Eastbourne Eagles next year.

The Australian star admits he is 99 per cent sure his 2007 campaign is over as he recovers from a recent crash in Poland.

But he is just as confident he will still be at Arlington next season, despite likely interest from around the Elite League given his form this year.

Watt said: "I don't want to leave and I can't see that the promotion here want me to leave so I'd say it's just a formality that I stay. I certainly hope so. I'm happy here and there is no reason I would not stay."

Meanwhile, Eagles finished their Craven Shield campaign on a high as they won the third and final leg at Belle Vue's Kirkmanshulme Lane stadium without Watt.

The Sussex side finished the night on 38 points, two points ahead of the Aces with 36 while Elite League runners-up Swindon Robins brought up the rear on 34 points.

Eagles' win was not enough to earn them qualification for the forthcoming Craven Shield Final as the Robins triumphed on aggregate with 121 points from Eagles (114) and Belle Vue (89).

It was a fine performance from the Eagles on a track made difficult by a stock car meeting over the weekend.

Guest Edward Kennett, just as he had at Arlington, topped the Sussex scorechart with ten points (paid 11) while Lewis Bridger was back on song as he also scored ten points from his four outings.

Solid scoring throughout the order saw the Eagles triumph with stand-in captain Morten Risager contributing a further seven points while the remainder of the side - Simon Gustafsson, Roman Povazhny and Cameron Woodward - were each paid for five.

Successive 5-1s for the Eagles against the hosts in heats ten, 13 and 16 bolstered their hopes of clawing back Robins' 11-point advantage from the first two legs but ultimately it was a Robins maximum as guest Jason Lyons and Sebastian Ulamek led home Risager and Woodward in race 14 that proved decisive.

Eagles host Belle Vue in a re-arranged Elite League clash at Arlington on Sunday, starting at 3.30pm.

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