Mildenhall Fen Tigers rider Luke Ruddick believes “now is the right time to move on” after announcing his retirement from speedway.

Luke Ruddick has been absent since he sustained injuries following a high-speed crash at Mildenhall’s home meeting with Leicester Lion Cubs last month.

Ruddick, who returned to the Fen Tigers for 2021 after a three-season spell at West Row, thanked the club for their support.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of my years in speedway and leave with some great memories, but my recent crash made me take a hard look at my future,” he said.

“I have recently started my own business which is going well and I felt now was the right time to move on to the next part of my life.”

Mildenhall Fen Tigers co-owner Phil Kirk said the club “fully understand” Luke’s decision to move on.

“We would like to thank him for his performances for the club this year,” Mr Kirk said.

“He has never given less than 100 per cent and has been a very popular and positive member of the pits.”

Mildenhall, who beat Kent Royals 45-44 in the National Development League on Tuesday, now need 24 points or more at Armadale on Saturday to win their first league title since 2012.