Wolverhampton's move to land former World Champion Billy Hamill moved a step closer over the weekend - after the American's parent club Coventry announced their team plans.
Wolves were given permission to speak to Hamill over a week ago after it was confirmed that he did not figure in the permutations at Brandon.
And while promoter Chris Van Straaten has refused to count his chickens over any deal being completed, it has now become clear that a three-way loan arrangement is likely to be completed involving assets of Wolves, Coventry and Swindon.
Coventry held a pre-Christmas forum on Saturday where they confirmed media speculation that the one new face in their squad next season is set to be 23-year-old Oliver Allen - a former Wolves squad member - on loan from Swindon.
With Hamill set to ride for Wolves on loan from Coventry, the final part of the equation would see Wolves asset Sebastian Ulamek move to Swindon next year.
Ulamek rode for Coventry in the second half of the 2005 season, but the 40-point ceiling for team building meant that the Pole, along with fellow mid-season signing Joonas Kylmakorpi, cannot be included in the Bees' line-up with the Brandon club set to re-call Rory Schlein, who missed the last five months of the season with a serious back injury.
Coventry co-boss Colin Pratt shares Van Straaten's frustrations at the late change to the points limit which forced both clubs to re-think their plans.
Wolves are now unable to accommodate David Howe, who is joining Oxford on loan, whilst the Bees could have selected between Ulamek and Kylmakorpi rather than losing both.
Pratt said: "We're very sad to have to leave both Seb and Joonas out, but unfortunately it came about after promoters who had voiced their opinions in favour of a 42.50 points limit changed their minds at the last minute.
"But it is still a promising line-up, a young side once again and six of the riders are our own assets. I feel that they all have improvement of at least half-a-point on their averages next season, and if enough of them achieve that we can have another successful season."
Bees will also utilise the services of talented young Australian Troy Batchelor as the club's No 8 next season, and he can be brought into the team in the event of injury or unavailability in the rest of the line-up.
Pratt said: "Troy is a very highly rated youngster, and is doing well in his home country. We have used
Tomas Topinka in the past as our No 8, and if we could have done so again under the averages then we would.
"But we're delighted that Troy has agreed to join us, and of course he is a teammate of Tomas at King's Lynn."
If Hamill's deal to join Wolves is concluded, he will complete a star heat-leader trio including Peter Karlsson and Fredrik Lindgren.
Magnus Karlsson, meanwhile, is earmarked for a second-string berth and Van Straaten has also been in talks with Polish rider Krzysztof Pecyna about the possibility of a second season at Monmore. ..SUPL: