Ty Proctor is counting down the days to 2015 as he prepares to say farewell to another nightmare year.
The Sheffield racer has returned to Australia to step up his preparations for the new season after seeing his 2014 campaign ruined by injury – just as his previous season had been.
He only raced a handful of meetings for Sheffield and showed glimpses of his true ability which made him one of the top riders in the Premier League before making the switch to Elite League Wolves.
Sheffield’s management saw enough to pin their hopes on his return as he approaches a make-or-break season.
And he said: “It’s going to be a big season for me and, to be honest, I just can’t wait for 2015 to make a fresh start.
“I’m so pleased to be back at Sheffield and I want to make the most of it and repay the faith the management have put in me because I really do appreciate it.
“I just can’t wait to get back on a bike and start building up to the new season and put the past two years behind me.”
Proctor has given the revamped Sheffield team his seal of approval.
“It looks good, we won’t be taking anything for granted but the team looks to have lots of potential,” he said.
“The key factor for any team is staying clear of injuries and if we can do that and have a good run then there is no reason why we can’t go out there and do some damage.”
Meanwhile Alex Wilson, Sheffield youth team’s rider of the year, has won a National league spot with Birmingham.
Wilson, 17, said: “I’m really pleased to have the chance to ride for a club like Birmingham and I feel really pleased about joining them.
“It’s a big opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to stepping up a level,” he said.