All’s Wells for Tigers as Californian star arrives

Ricky Wells: Ready for a hectic 2012 season with Sheffield and Wolverhampton
Ricky Wells: Ready for a hectic 2012 season with Sheffield and Wolverhampton
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RICKY Wells has finalised his move to Sheffield to complete their 2012 team.

The Californian star, who was born in New Zealand, will double up with Elite League Wolverhampton in what promises to be a hectic year.

Wells impressed during 2011 and won the Elite League Grand Final when making a guest appearance for Poole in both legs.

He was with Plymouth at Premier League level last season and they wanted him back but he held out for a move to Sheffield.

And he admitted: “Sheffield was always my first wish when it came to joining a Premier League club so I’m just pleased it’s happened.

“I can’t wait for the new season, now everything is in place for me. With both Sheffield and Wolverhampton I think I can have a really good season. And for me to ride a track like Sheffield is great, I think it can only enhance my career so I’m delighted to be joining them.”

Wells gave a good display for Plymouth when they visited Owlerton in August as he dropped just a point from his opening three rides before suffering from mechanical problems.

Tigers co-promoter David Hoggart is delighted to get his man after a fortnight of intense negotiations with the rider and his Elite League club Wolves.

He said: “We all saw what Ricky can do when he guested for Poole in the Grand Final last year, when he was in the points in both legs. He just got better and better last season.

“He will add strength to the team and I’m sure the supporters will love him.

“Ricky’s a great racer and he knows this is a chance to make his mark in the Premier League. If he keeps up his progression then he’ll certainly become a solid heat-leader and could go on to knock on the No.1 door. He’s on a six-point average and there is no doubt he is capable of adding at least a point to that.

“He had half a dozen Premier League clubs chasing him and he stated from the off that he wanted to join Sheffield and thanks to some co-operation between ourselves and Chris Van Straaten at Wolverhampton we’ve been able to make it happen.”