RICKY Wells is backing Sheffield’s new-look team to surprise the experts who appear to have written off their chances of success.
Wells says the absence of a genuine No 1 is balanced out by the fact that every rider in the Tigers side has the potential to improve.
And he’s backing his former Stoke team mate Klaus Jakobsen to be a big hit alongside former British Under 21 champion Joe Haines at reserve.
“We’re going to surprise a few people this year, it seems we’ve been written off before we’ve even started,” said the New Zealand born rider.
“I know Klaus from my time at Stoke a couple of years ago and he had some good meetings but things just didn’t quite work out for him. I’m quite sure he views this as a big opportunity just the same as me. It’s great to ride for a good club like this with a good reputation in the sport.
“Just because we don’t have a big hitter leading the team it doesn’t mean we are weak, we look like we have strength in every department and if everyone can do their job then we’re going to be a hard team to beat.
“It might take us new boys a couple of weeks to get dialled in around Sheffield because it’s such a big track but I’m sure we’ll get there and the guys will get on great.
“I’m also riding for Wolverhampton in the Elite League and they are a good club so I feel really comfortable with my plans for the new season.
“It’s a new challenge for me with Sheffield and with the other new guys we’re really looking forward to it.
“I think we can prove to be a surprise to many people if we can all do our job as we know we can.”
Shane Parker’s Farewell meeting is on Sunday and Sheffield’s first team event is against Belle Vue next Thursday, March 22, at Owlerton.