Leicester Lions close in on Ilya Bondarenko replacement

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Leicester Lions hope to conclude a deal for a replacement for Ilya Bondarenko in time for Saturday's meeting with Glasgow Tigers in the Knock-Out Cup.

Promoter David Hemsley has completed negotiations with a rider and hope to announce the signing later this week.

A Lions side missing shoulder injury victim Bondarenko were beaten 52-41 by Redcar at Beaumont Park on Sunday.

Leicester struggled against experienced opposition and never looked like recovering from a slow start.