Connor Coles has set the stakes high when he returns to action for the Mildenhall Fen Tigers next year, writes Graham Clark.
In what was possibly the worst kept secret in speedway, the 20-year-old was unveiled on Friday as the seventh and final member of the Fen Tigers septet to do battle in the 2015 National League campaign.
Although currently still recovering from the season-ending broken leg and ankle sustained in the second leg of the Suffolk club’s National Trophy victory over the Stoke Potters, the former Kent Kings rider has made it his intention to hit the ground running on his return to action.
“I will be going for a maximum in that first meeting back,” said Coles.
“It will be a tough ask but I will certainly try my hardest.
“Injuries have a different effect on different riders. Some can’t come back to what they were but at the same time others come back and keep going, and I feel like I will be alright.”
While fans of the National League outfit will be pleased to see Coles, who won the club’s Rider of the Year prize, back in Fen Tigers colours, the feeling is very much a mutual one.
“I am glad I am back at Mildenhall and I can’t wait to ride again,” he said.
“One, because of the track, in that I get on well round there, and two, because of the promoters.
“They give great advice and they are the reason why I improved last season. I think of them as good friends and I don’t want to let them down.”
Despite enjoying a solid season up until his injury in September, Coles still feels that he has plenty more to offer on his bike.
“Although I probably had a better season than I though I would I had a few tough meetings away,” said Coles.
“While I had an 8.00 average at home it was only about 5.90 away which is not very good.
“That is something I definitely want to improve on next year along with my gating.”
With all the riders for the Fen Tigers 2015 team now in place, Coles feels it has a strong feel about it.
“If me and Connor Mountain come back like we rode last year we will, together with Dan Halsey, have a strong one, three and five,” said Coles.
“While with Jack (Kingston) being as quick as he is we have a strong second string rider.”