AMERICAN star Ricky Wells admits he deserves some of the criticism he has received from Sheffield fans, but insists he will win them round.
The youngster has struggled to find consistency for Tigers this year but has been racking up the points for Elite League team Wolverhampton, including a bumper 20-point haul in their win over Peterborough on Monday.
Wells knows he has to convince the Sheffield faithful he can come good and is working tirelessly to turn his form round.
He said: “I’ve been getting a lot of stick from the Sheffield fans and that’s only fair, I haven’t been performing as I should be. I’ve been pretty inconsistent for Sheffield but going really good for Wolveswithout doing anything different.
“It’s hard on the fans but it is 10 times harder on me because I am the one putting in so much work. I am working so hard to try and get it going for Sheffield, it is so frustrating. I used exactly the same bike in both leagues last week and I scored 14 for Wolves and five for Sheffield.
“I took the bikes apart after Thursday and went through everything, in the end I found a problem with the bottom end of the engine. We worked through the night to get things sorted and I hope they are now.”
Wells remembers his first season in England when a team-mate at Coventry had the same problem, but turned it round.
He said: “I remember Jordan Frampton telling me how he was struggling for Newport but scoring points at Coventry and that he was getting a bit of criticism.
“He went through exactly what I am now but came out of it and I’ll do the same. You won’t believe the hours me and my mechanic are putting in to try and get it together in, but I will get it right.”