Ricky Wells is back at Owlerton with new club Workington tomorrow insisting he has nothing to prove.
The Californian, who is set to race in this summer’s World Cup, left Sheffield in the winter to join the Comets. Wells spared Sheffield’s blushes on several away trips last season when the team were struggling and was a shining light in a dismal year for the club.
He admitted towards the end of the season his relationship with former club owner Neil Machin had broken down – ad there was a public row between the two in the pits at one stage.
Wells made a quick switch to Cumbria before the Sheffield takeover was agreed in late December.
He spent two seasons as a Sheffield rider doubling-up with Wolverhampton and admits it was a roller-coaster ride in Tigers colours.
“My time at Sheffield had it’s ups and downs” said Wells. “On the plus side I learnt a lot racing there for two years and have no regrets. Since then, I moved to Workington and my focus is on doing a job for them. They are a good club, they’ve made me welcome and I’m happy riding at Workington.
“I have nothing to prove going back to Sheffield, I guess I will have to remember which side of the pits to go into and which side of the changing rooms to use!
“There is nothing to be gained by being negative about aspects of my time at Sheffield, I’d like to think both the club and myself have moved on and I wish the new consortium at Sheffield every success for the future.”
Wells insists he’ll be treating the meeting in the same way as any other. He said: “It’s just a normal meeting for me. That said, I’m looking forward to coming back and riding the Sheffield track because I enjoy racing on it. I can see me and the Workington boys taking points there. We have a good team this season, things are going well and if we all click we will take some stopping.”
Wells divided opinion on the Owlerton terraces at times during his two-season stay, but there is little doubt some away scores would have been in the embarrassing category had he not performed like he did last year.
For that, he deserves a good reception on parade tomorrow.