Speedway: Wells hints at Tigers return

Tigers rider Ricky Wells.
Tigers rider Ricky Wells.

Ricky Wells is refusing to rule out a return to Owlerton next season - but admits it’s been a frustrating year for Sheffield Tigers.

The American star has been the shining light for the Tigers in a season blighted by injuries and retirements and has increased his average by over half a point so far.

Despite his outstanding form, Wells has been unable to prevent his side from suffering five defeats in their last six outings - and the New Zealand-born racer believes it’s taken its toll.

He said: “It’s going alright for me; everything is working well and now I’ve got the setup for Sheffield as well as the away tracks.

“But sometimes I look round and wonder how we’re losing, and it’s frustrating when you’re losing more often than you’re winning.

“I like being at Sheffield, it works well for me and I definitely won’t rule out coming back next season but I would like to see some ambition and drive to get a winning team again.

“If there is real ambition to put together a winning side then I can definitely see myself fitting in again.

“I’ve got a few ideas in my head to consider and I’ll have a think, but at the moment I’m just focused on finishing the season well for Sheffield and trying to score as many points as I can.”

Wells had developed a strong top-end axis for Sheffield with skipper Simon Stead until Stead’s season-ending injury, and he admits that had a huge effect on their season.

He said: “Losing Steady was such a blow, losing your number one is hard to take and it affected us for sure.

“Steady started the season really well and we were going okay, but his injury really set us back and we have missed him.”

Tigers are back at Owlerton this Thursday for more Premier League action when they face title hopefuls Ipswich.