Ben Wilson says he has no regrets about returning to the track with Sheffield Tigers last season.
Wilson, who came through the Owlerton ranks as a schoolboy, rejoined Tigers mid-season after ending his exile from the sport.
And he’s paid tribute to skipper Simon Stead for the help and support he gave him as he made the step up to Premier League racing from National League Stoke.
Said Wilson: “I’m just glad I was able to end the season strongly, and I’ve taken a lot of positives from that.
“I’m lucky to have some good people around me who have helped me out, especially Simon Stead who lent me an engine for the last few weeks of the season.
“I had a spell after coming back where I was really struggling but I made a breakthrough towards the end when I used that new engine.
“After not riding a bike for two years I started off back in the National League, and I was just intending to have a steady season riding there for Stoke to get back into it.
“I turned down a few offers from other c because I didn’t think I was ready to move back into the Premier League, but when Sheffield came calling it was just too good to turn down. I’ve been a supporter of this club since I was a child so there was no chance I could refuse the offer to come back.”