Sheffield Tigers: Ricky Wells ties up a new Tigers deal

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RICKY Wells is desperate to pick up where he left off with Sheffield after finally agreeing a new deal with the club.

The American World Cup rider accepted their final offer after weeks of negotiations. And Wells, who will also double-up with Elite League Wolves, is pleased to have everything sorted.

Speaking from his California home, he said: “It’s good to be back with Sheffield and it means I will be riding for the same two clubs I was with last year. If I start the season how I ended 2012 then I should be in for a good year.

“I think Sheffield and myself came to a respectable conclusion on the deal. I’d like to thank David Hoggart (Promoter), my main sponsor Dave Burns at Recycled Aggregates, and Sam Ermolenko who has been involved.

“I know I can start the season well. Each year I learn from my mistakes. I made mistakes last year and didn’t start the season well with Sheffield but I know where I’ve gone wrong and I can get it right. As soon as I got home from Britain I started training and I feel in great shape. I know there’s a few more weeks before the season starts but I can’t wait.”

Wells admits there will be pressure on the top three of himself, Simon Stead and Richard Hall to deliver the goods and help youngsters in the team. He said: “This team has got potential - I hope we can realise that. If we all ride to our true ability then we can have a good season. It’s going to need me, Steady and Richard to pull our weight and more. It’s always good to ride alongside guys like Steady who has all that experience. He has so much to offer the team and I’m sure the guys will benefit from having him.

“We are lucky to have him because quite clearly he is too good for the Premier League.”