Sheffield star Adam Roynon admits he thought about quitting the sport after another year of injury hell.
The Cumbrian ace is widely regarded as one of the most unlucky riders in the sport having been struck by a host of serious injuries over the course of his career.
He saw a nasty head injury followed by a broken collarbone rule him out for the majority of 2013 - and he concedes there was a time when he thought about calling a halt to racing.
But he is now eager to put his troubles behind him as he prepares to help Tigers in their quest for Premier League glory in 2014.
And he remains confident he can get his career back on track with some impressive displays for the Owlerton side.
Said Roynon: “It had crossed my mind once or twice, just calling it a day.
“I’ve had so many injuries and it did get me down, but I’ve got great people around me who have given me the guidance I’ve needed.
“I’ve spoken at length with my girlfriend Krista about it and I’ve spoken with the Sheffield management, Simon Stead and other people who persuaded me it was right to keep trying.
“It was in the back of my head for a while but I’ve made that decision to keep going and I’m fully focused on making things work.
“I’m sure with a bit more luck I can get back to where I want to be in the Elite League.
“I just need to try and stay fit and get winning races for Sheffield which I’m sure I can do, especially in home meetings.
“I’m already working hard in the gym to get myself in top condition for next year, and I’m just hoping things will all work out as I want them to.”
Tigers have entered into negotiations with two more riders over the festive spell.
Club officials are refusing to be drawn on their identity but they’ve been forced to rethink their plans after missing out on Danish star Lasse Bjerre who has joined Peterborough.