Kevin Jolly has labelled the new look Mildenhall Fen Tigers team as the most exciting one ever to be assembled during his time at the club.
Fen Tigers co-promoter Jolly, who took over the running of the Suffolk side in 2011 with Chris Louis and Michael Lee, is of the opinion that this year’s septet of riders is even better than the club’s 2012 Grand Slam winning side.
“This team excites me more than any other team that we have put together because it has got everything in it,” said Jolly.
“We all know what Joe (Jacobs), Josh (Bates) and Danny (Halsey) are about while Jack (Kingston) is in that line of being like them as he has the ability and that little bit of aggression.
“Brendan Johnson will make us strong in the middle order and could be a potential match winner, while I expect Connor Mountain and Connor Coles to make big strides.
“I feel that we just have the perfect the blend and I have absolute faith in all one-to-seven of them and hopefully all the hard graft will pay off.”
With Jolly exuding confidence over this year’s team one thing he has assured fans is that the disasters that were seen on track last year will not be repeated this time around.
“We were scratching around a bit last year and we asked some of them a bit more than they were capable of and it backfired a bit,” said Jolly.
“Certain riders did not do their job and we ended up chopping and changing things around a lot, however if this team can stay injury-free then we could have another 2012 team on our hands.”
While in previous seasons the National League has been largely a battle between two or three teams Jolly expects it to be more wide open.
“Cradley are always going to be up there just because of the teams they can assemble and they look good again, while the Kent Kings look very strong,” said Jolly.
“The Stoke Potters could be another to have a good season as they have some established riders and a few unknown talents. You really could pitch five or six teams into the mix this year though.”
It is the Potters that the Fen Tigers will receive their first taste of action on the track this season when the two sides clash in a National Trophy encounter at West Row on Sunday (3.30pm).
The meeting will see a return to the track for former Fen Tigers’ favourite Jon Armstrong who is now captain of the Potters following a winter switch.
“I am sure Jon will be geeing the Stoke boys up and giving them plenty of information on how to ride the track but I am confident our boys are capable of handling anybody anywhere,” said Jolly.
“I don’t think it will be a runaway score as the boys will be trying to get up to speed but I think we can win judged on how the likes of Joe, Jack and both Connor Coles and Connor Mountain have ridden in recent meetings.”