FORMER Robin Nicolai Klindt believes Swindon are the strongest team on paper heading into the Elite League play-offs and backed Alun Rossiter’s men to at least reach the final.
The Blunsdon side currently sit third in the Elite League table with two regular-season meetings to go, with victories against Coventry and Belle Vue in the next three days all-but guaranteeing a spot in the post-season.
Leicester rider Klindt saw the Robins first hand as they won 52-37 at the Lions on Saturday night, and believes injury to King’s Lynn top man Niels-Kristian Iversen and Poole number one Darcy Ward’s ban mean the Robins are in the driving seat.
“Dak (North) is coming on really well and Simon (Gustafsson) had a really good, brave, ride against Doyley (Jason Doyle) and Nick (Morris) is going well too,” he said.
“They’re a solid team and they were even missing Stevie (Worrall) which makes them stronger when he comes back.
“I told Rosco before the meeting that they could make it in and with Lynn and Poole struggling to get guests for Niels and Darcy, Swindon are the strongest team on paper.
“If they get into the play-offs I think they will make the final and then anything can happen.”
Klindt, who was released by the Robins in April and replaced by Dakota North, scored seven against Swindon on Saturday but admitted extreme tiredness cost him the chance of scoring more.
“It’s no excuse but I’m just so knackered, I tried to get myself pumped up at the start but it’s hard,” he said.
“I’m missing the drop from the tapes straightaway, even though I make some good jumps, but the run to the first corner is like another world. It took me a lap to get going which isn’t ideal.”