Long Sutton speedway ace Liam Rumsey has landed himself a cracking ride with Mildenhall Fen Tigers ahead of the 2013 season.
Rumsey had feared that he’d be consigned to the dreaded speedway scrapheap after his release from the Stoke Potters at the end of the 2012 National League campaign.
But any chance of him being without a ride were banished earlier this month when the reigning National League champions offered the 23-year-old rider a place among their one to seven.
Rumsey said: “When Stoke said they were not signing me on again I thought I was going to be left out in the cold.
“It feels great to have signed for Mildenhall. It is a track that I have ridden well at before and one that is close to home, with great supporters.
“It is definitely the place that I want to be and I am now just looking forward to getting started.”
While not knowing too much about his new team mates, Rumsey is nonetheless excited to start working with them and embrace the team spirit that helped the West Row outfit capture last year’s grand slam.
“I don’t know a lot about the lads, but I am sure it will only take a couple of meetings for everything to fall into place,” Rumsey added. “In Stefan Nielsen we have one of the best number ones in the National League, while I hope to learn a thing or two from Jon Armstrong.
“Both Nathan Stoneman and Josh Bates are both good young, talented teenagers who are only going to get better.
“I want to progress as a rider and I am confident I have joined the best possible set up to do that.”
Joining on a lowly three-point average, Rumsey is also confident he can add to that mark as the season goes on.
And, although this year’s National League looks one of the strongest ever assembled Rumsey, who works at Lansen Nursey in Spalding, will be hoping to be part of a title-winning team.
“I really hope I can make a mockery of the three-point average I am on,” he added. “I want to do more for Mildenhall than just meeting my three-point average each week.
“I have set myself a target I would like to reach by the end of the year, but I will keeping that to myself as I don’t want to say something and end up not achieving it.
“I think that Mildenhall have put a good balanced team together and will be up there again fighting it out at the top.”