Speedway: Tigers hungry to retain Wells services

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Ricky Wells has won praise from Sheffield’s joint team boss David Hoggart after a string of impressive displays.

And he admits he would love to see the American World Cup star back at Owlerton for a third successive season if at all possible.

Wells was the last rider to sign for the 2013 side, but he’s been the stand-out performer since the cruel injury to skipper Simon Stead.

He’s also played his part in Wolverhampton’s Elite League play-off push and contributed to a fine USA display last month.

Hoggart said: “Much was said and written about Ricky in the winter and the protracted negotiations but his form this season has underlined why I was so pleased to get him back on board.

“He’s certainly been a shining light in a very difficult season for the club and has always maintained a positive attitude. He’s the type of character we need in these difficult times.”

Hoggart admits there is a lot of uncertainty over the structure of the sport for next season with the Sky TV deal about to expire.

But if the rules allow a return for Wells he would welcome the opportunity to hold talks with the Californian.

He said: “If the circumstances allow then I would like to speak to Ricky again in the winter. There are a lot of positives to build on from this season.”