NEW Coventry No.1 Connor Mountain says he was delighted to take his eve-of-season opportunity to join the club.
Mountain, who achieved a nine-point plus average with Mildenhall last year, was facing the prospect of starting the campaign in the SGB Championship with Ipswich.
But he quickly accepted the offer from the Bees once previous signing Jack Parkinson-Blackburn announced his decision to take time out of the sport.
“I contacted quite a few clubs once Mildenhall had decided they were going down a different route with their team, but I think everyone had assumed I was going back there so they’d made other plans,” said Mountain.
“I did have my mind set on doubling up with a Premiership club, but then the rules changed there so that made things a bit more difficult as I would have been going in on a 2.00 average.
“Once the fixtures got released with Ipswich I knew I’d need some more meetings, and I’m pleased to take the opportunity.
“I actually spoke to Mick (Horton) over the winter when Coventry announced they were going into the National League, to see if they could fit me in. At that time they’d already made plans with Jack, which was fair enough, but I guess things happen for a reason and I’m glad to be there and the more meetings the better.”
Mountain’s achievements in 2017 were all the more impressive as he was returning from a serious back injury sustained in a crash at Birmingham in the previous summer.
He ended the year as clear No.1 at West Row and helped Ipswich to the latter stages of several Championship competitions.
“It wasn’t a great start to last year with coming back from a big injury, but I think it helped to be racing all the time. I couldn’t think about it too much and just had to race through a difficult spell,” added Mountain.
Coventry, who were due to start their National league campaign last night (Wednesday) at near-neighbours Birmingham, will be known as the Europress Bees this year.
With sponsorship proving difficult following a year out of the sport and the subsequent move to Leicester for home matches, promoter Horton’s own company has backed the club.