Sheffield Tiger Ricky Well up for return

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CALIFORNIAN superstar Ricky Wells has no regrets about his move to Sheffield this season.

Wells, 21, has scored well in the latter stages of the campaign after struggling with inconsistency.

And while he has no idea where he will be in 2013 he’d welcome the opportunity to talk to Sheffield again. He said: “I’d never rule out a return to Sheffield. Having Sam Ermolenko working with me has been great. He’s been there with me for 10 or 11 Sheffield meetings and as a former world champion that’s great support. It’s been an education for me riding a home track like Sheffield and there were times when I found it real tough.

“But it’s helped me improve my experience as a rider and I’m pleased I made the move when I did.

“I’m lucky because my Elite League club Wolves are good like that and although Sheffield don’t offer the best deals all the time they pay you on time – and that’s not always the case these days with many clubs.

“David Hoggart (Tigers co-promoter) has been great with me and when things were tough he was there to offer encouragement. I’d like to talk about next season and double-up once again if the rules allow it.”

Tigers are expected to have Josef Franc back in their side for tomorrow’s Premier Trophy clash with Rye House at Owlerton. Franc crashed in a Czech Republic League meeting last week but has told the club he will be fit for action.