Sheffield Tigers: Wells glad to be back on track

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RICKY Wells insists he only ever wanted to ride for Sheffield - despite a long running contract renewal.

The Californian is gearing up for a second successive season in Tigers colours after agreeing terms on a new deal.

It took weeks of negotiations - he was due to meet Tigers owner Neil Machin on a trip to Australia in November but the pair missed each other - and a final offer from the club was accepted last week.

He said: “I always wanted to go back to Sheffield but had to be sure the deal was right and as I said last week we reached a suitable agreement. I never wanted to go anywhere else. There was a time when I was looking at just riding in the Elite League with Wolves and missing the Premier League altogether, but I didn’t really want that..

“I was also picking up whispers that other clubs would have been interested in me but I’m pleased to have finalised things with Sheffield and want to focus on the new season. I’m racing for good clubs. Wolves deserve a better season, the same applies to Sheffield. I know both my teams can do so much better and I like the way the teams are looking.

“There is pressure on Simon Stead, Richard Hall and myself at Sheffield but we can handle it and I’m looking forward to the season.

“I do believe there is a lot of pressure on Simon Stead, Richard Hall and myself at Sheffield but I believe we can handle it and I’m looking forward to coming back across and starting the season.”

Tigers launch their season on Thursday, March 28 with a Challenge match but the opposition is to be confirmed. Club bosses Neil Machin and David Hoggart are hoping to announce something in the next fortnight.