Newly-crowned Mildenhall Fen Tigers’ Rider of the Year Connor Coles has issued a ‘come-and-get-me’ plea to the club’s management team.
Speaking after picking up the coveted prize, voted by the supporters, at the National League outfit’s end-of-season presentation night on Saturday, the 20-year-old made it quite clear where he wants to be racing in 2015.
“I’d like to get a fast-track spot in the Elite League next year then maybe after a few meetings try to pick up a Premier League place, but I definitely want to be back racing at Mildenhall,” said Coles.
Although having his season cut short when suffering a broken leg during the second leg of the Fen Tigers’ National Trophy final clash with the Stoke Potters at West Row in September, the former Kent Kings star claimed he hoped he stood a good chance in lifting the trophy based on performances up to the accident.
“It is great that people chose me for the Rider of the Year,” said Coles. “I hoped I would get it as I felt I had done well all season.
“Although everyone when they are riding really tries hard, I just felt that there was a few races that I really put a lot of effort in to secure points and race wins.”
While satisfied with his achievements, Coles who is the grand son of Fen Tigers legend Bob Coles, feels there was one thing he missed out on becoming.
“I would liked to have been a heat leader by the end of the year but that was always going to be a tough ask seeing the average I arrived on,” said Coles.
“However, considering that and the year that I had before that, I did quite well.”
One man who believes that the supporters selected the right rider for the trophy was team manager Rob Henry.
“I am very pleased for Connor and he deserved it,” said Henry. “He had other things he had to achieve with his dad (Michael) and his granddad both former riders here and he has ridden above that and come out a better rider.”
With time still very much on Coles’ side, Henry is confident there is plenty more to come from the fans’ favourite.
“I think he is more than capable of adding two or two and a half points on his average next year,” said Henry. “A lot depends on how his leg heals over the winter, but given a clean bill of health he can achieve that and talking to Connor himself he feels he is capable of doing that.”