Armstrong relishes chance to bring good times back

HE'S BACK: Jon Armstrong has returned to Mildenhall
HE'S BACK: Jon Armstrong has returned to Mildenhall

Jon Armstrong is relishing the challenge of bringing the good times back to the Mildenhall Fen Tigers after returning to the club this week.

The Fen Tigers legend was announced as Mildenhall’s latest signing for next season on Monday, and joins Connor Mountain and Connor Coles in the team’s line-up so far for 2016.

And the 41-year-old is excited to be back for a third spell with the Fen Tigers, where he enjoyed success as part of the all-conquering team of 2004.

“It’s a club I’ve rode for before and I’ve had a lot of good times at Mildenhall,” Armstrong said. “I always enjoyed myself there. It’s a club which is close to my heart.

“I’ve had a couple of years away and I’m itching to get back at Mildenhall.

“I’d definitely like to bring some trophies back here. I’ve been at Stoke (Potters) for the last two seasons and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.

“I thought we had a good, solid side but unfortunately it didn’t happen for us and we finished in the bottom half.”

Armstrong is one of the most respected riders in the sport with more than 20 years worth of experience on the track, which he hopes will benefit the younger riders in the team next season.

“When I was younger it was different back then,” Armstrong said. “There wasn’t a National League and when the big name riders finished they would pack up and go home.

“I try to help the youngsters and give them the odd bit of advice, as it’s something I missed out on when I was their age. With all my years of experience I think I can help the youngsters. It’s nice when they use the information I’ve given them when they go on the track.

“We’re building a nice team here and for me as long as I’m having fun, enjoying myself and scoring points then I’ll turn up.”

Fen Tigers promoter Kevin Jolly admitted he should never have let Armstrong leave at the end of the 2013 season.

“Jon is an absolute must for us,” Jolly said. “Last year I made some wrong choices and went with a team which was too young and inexperienced.

“When I saw Jon at different meetings across the country he was an inspiration. He will give us a brilliant contribution on the track, but he offers so much more than that.

“He will help the young boys along and is a perfect addition to the team. I should never have let him go before, but I’m very excited to be working alongside him again.”