Lakeside Hammers have won the race to sign Danish international Mikkel Bech.
The 18-year-old surprisingly opted to ride in the British Premier League last season with Plymouth Devils, but he has now confirmed a deal in the Elite League.
A host of clubs had been chasing Bech, but he has now signed for Lakeside - who are closing in on their top-five.
"We are very close to the top five we want and have another rider to announce," Hammers promoter Jon Cook said.
"For the last three places there are contracts currently on the table for riders to consider, and whilst I don't foresee any problems between ourselves and the lads concerned we feel it prudent to await the conclusion of TV talks before any paperwork is signed."