Sheffield Tigers: Riders are underpaid, feels Tigers star

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RICKY Wells says Premier League racing is hard and riders deserve better pay.

Whilst the Californian insists that’s no reflection on his new Tigers deal for 2013, he’s keen to make the point that the league is now soft option.

Wells, along with skipper Simon Stead, will be doubling-up with an Elite League club when the season starts next month. He will be spending a third successive season with Wolverhampton and Stead has joined King’s Lynn.

Sheffield will, however, have priority over fixtures which means both Wells and Stead will be available for every Sheffield meeting.

And Wells insists the long running saga over his new contract will take nothing away from his efforts in Tigers colours this year.

He said: “I’m okay with the deal I have got sorted. I think Premier League riders all round deserve more money because it’s tough, hard racing.

“But I needed Sheffield, and they needed me, I think we both realised that in the end! It’s good for both of us.”

Wells has enjoyed a busy winter.

He said: “I had a week in Hawaii, two weeks in Perth, Australia, then came home to California and started working. The Monster Energy meeting I did over here was super cool; it got a lot of exposure and it deserved it. I rode pretty well and I think that will help me when the new season starts in the UK.

“I’m already looking forward to next season now. It’s not far away and I’m looking forward to getting on the plane and getting back across to the UK. I just want to ride my bike.”

David Hoggart says Wells will prove to be a ‘bargain signing’ for Sheffield this season.

The Tigers chief, who will continue to take charge of the team on race night alongside youth coach Nigel Hinchliffe, said: “But his performances for Wolverhampton and for the USA in the World Cup underlined just what he is capable of and I have no doubt he will prove to be a bargain signing for us this year.”