Ipswich Witches captain Danny King tells Sky Sports about the life of a speedway rider during the winter months... Having jetted around Europe, racing lap after lap of a speedway track for the best part of seven months, it is no surprise to hear that Danny King takes time to relax once the season has finished before turning his attention to the next campaign.I dont do much until Christmas, I try and have a bit of family time, said King, who also represents Coventry Bees. I try and sort my contracts out which is really important and which I have done this year. I always like to get that done before Christmas so I can relax and enjoy the festive season. Obviously you are keeping fit and training and once Christmas is out of the way I start my bike assembly.We are also jumping around speaking to sponsors and it goes really quick. I know its four months off, but I can assure you it does not feel like that. We are also jumping around speaking to sponsors and it goes really quick. I know its four months off, but I can assure you it does not feel like that. Danny King In the world of speedway, rule changes and poor performances can make it quite feasible for a team to change all seven riders from season to season, meaning a lot of movement in the winter transfer market, and the 29-year-old talks us through the process of sorting out contracts.Its different for everyone really, said King. Mostly clubs will phone you, some riders do have agents, so in that case they will phone them. Normally the club knows what riders want to go there and in return the rider knows what clubs want him to go there. Its quite clear really and then it is down to negotiations. A speedway rider must secure a new contract ahead of the new season You have a bit of say on where you go, but most of the time we have to wait for the AGM [Annual General Meetings] to finish because the promoters cant start building their team without knowing the team average and that sort of stuff. But if I wanted to go to another club, that club would have to get permission from my parent club to speak to me and once we had that we can sit down and open negotiations.There is a lot more to a speedway riders winter than sorting out club contracts. Essentially riders are a business, and like any other business they need as much income as possible to be able to run, which is where sponsors come in. The role of sponsorship can never be underestimated in the sport and the Ipswich rider explains how to obtain sponsorship and the difficulties he faces. Searching for sponsorship is also a regular task for King King said: Its one of the most difficult things in any sport - getting sponsorship. Its important they know what they are getting in return. Its easy to go and get some sponsorship, get some money and never contact them again.I like to invite them down to meetings throughout the year. We put them in hospitality boxes and try to support them in that way, because without them it wouldnt happen. Sponsorship is a huge part of any sport but especially speedway.Nine times out of 10 you hear about potential sponsors through word of mouth; someone who knows someone who likes their speedway and wants to get involved. If you are targeting companies that you know are not your normal speedway companies, like your bigger firms, then it is a case of writing to them.Despite the continuing stresses and strain during the off-season, King insists he would not swap his role as a rider. But the 29-year-old retains his desire to compete He said: Its the adrenalin side of things. Its a strange concept really, its a 500cc bike with no brakes on a fenced circuit. Its that risk factor, its the whole package of speedway. As for why we do it - I dont know, the best way to describe it, and Ive heard people say it before, is its like a drug, you get addicted.Once it is in the blood it is hard to get out. Once youve had a taste of speedway you want to keep going as long as you can. I feel very blessed that Im lucky enough to do it as a job and I want to keep going as long as I can. Cheap Fred Warner Jersey . The Nashville Predators were glad their captain was still on their side. Weber had a goal and two assists, and Roman Josi scored the shootout winner to lift the Predators to a 4-3 win over the Flyers on Thursday night. Cheap D. J. Reed Jersey .Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has drawn on his Syracuse connections once again by hiring Rob Moore to take over as receivers coach. http://www.49ersjerseyscheap.com/ . The Cincinnati Reds remain perfect with their speedy rookie outfielder in the starting lineup. Cheap Marcell Harris Jersey . 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Alderson said a decision on surgery is expected in the next few days before the All-Star break.I think you can bounce back from it, but everybodys different, as we know, anytime you have surgery. So theres a level of concern, Mets manager Terry Collins said. But certainly, you cant be very excited about it. You just dont know.Thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition caused by the compression of nerves, blood vessels or both in the area between the neck and armpit. After his start Monday, the 27-year-old Harvey complained of some common symptoms, which include numbness in fingers and shoulder discomfort.The former ace was seen by Mets doctors, referred to Thompson for further examination and placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, retroactive to Tuesday.His arm just felt like it was dead, Collins said.Another temporary treatment option is a nerve-block injection that might help Harvey return to the mound fairly quickly, but surgery is probably inevitable and the operation usually requires a four-month recovery period, Alderson said.Thompson would likely perform the procedure, the GM added. 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