Wolverhampton Wolves have confirmed the signing of highly-rated Polish teenager Lukasz Sowka.
The 18-year-old Sowka made his first appearance at Monmore Green in the Banks's Olympique individual event in October, and impressed club bosses with his six-point score as well as his all-round organisation.
And promoter Chris Van Straaten has confirmed that display went a long way towards securing Sowka's team place, as well as the recommendation of former title-winning hero and fellow Pole Adam Skornicki.
Van Straaten said: "First impressions on track play a big part in what we do team-wise. He attacked the track, he looked confident and his equipment is second to none. His management team have also been a pleasure to deal with.
"He fits the image of what we are trying to create, and I think he will perform on the Elite League stage. I would hope we can build a team which would put him at reserve."
Sowka joins Tai Woffinden, Nicolai Klindt and Ty Proctor as confirmed starters for Wolves in 2012, with Freddie Lindgren expected to sign his contract early next month.
Another name set to be added is American Ricky Wells, who spent 2011 with the club on loan from Coventry Bees.
Van Straaten added: "We can confirm we have been given permission by Coventry to speak to Ricky and we will look to conclude the necessary arrangements to bring him back to Monmore Green."
But Van Straaten has also revealed how Ludvig Lindgren, younger brother of Swedish Grand Prix star Freddie, has been ruled out of the 2012 team.
He said: "Ludvig has been told he does not feature in our plans for 2012 and we wish him well."