King’s Lynn Young Stars skipper Scott Campos is expecting his fledglings to kick on in the forthcoming speedway National League season.
The 25-year-old has been involved with the club for around a decade, as he joined Young Stars predecessors Boston in 2005.
He rode for the new Lynn Young Stars in 2009 and has been associated with them pretty much ever since.
Campos has also appeared for Mildenhall, Rye House and Oxford.
Campos said: “We started off in the early days with Boston, and then when we made the transition over to Lynn.
“I started off in the under 15’s doing the British Championship.
“I had a couple of years in the Conference League, then I had two or three years away from speedway going to college getting qualifications and bits and pieces.
“The club was revamped in the National League, and I’ve been here ever since.”
During that time he has worked for many years with Young Stars team boss Dale Allitt.
“I don’t think a day has gone by since the season stopped that Dale and I talk to each other on the phone.
“Usually it’s about one of the team, how they’re getting on, or generally catching up on things. We have a really good relationship.”
The club stalwart had to fully take over the reigns of captaincy last season when experienced joint skipper and number one James Cockle got injured.
The Ipswich-born rider remarked: “I’m the oldest one of the lot.
“A lot of the youngsters have just started in the sport and their knowledge of the set-up with the bikes hasn’t developed.
“I suggest bits and pieces, but they always know they can ask.”
He expects the clutch of promising young riders, many of whom are still teenagers, to kick on in 2016.
Campos said: “Tom Stokes will be up there. He wants to be in the Premier League.
“Everyone saw the improvement in Josh (Bailey) last year.
“Ryan (Kinsley) had an outstanding season and he was nigh-on unbeatable at home.
“We saw glimpses of Layne (Cupitt). There’s no pressure on him. He was only riding speedway for six months before he signed for us last year.”
Along with the returning Shane Hazelden, joining the side for this campaign is the experienced at this level Nathan Greaves.
Lynn have recruited the Sheffield star on a lower-than-expected average of seven because injury curtailed his campaign in 2015.
The Yorkshireman is still only 17 but has already won two league championship titles with Dudley in 2013 and Cradley in 2014.
“He had a few practice sessions at the Adrian Flux Arena in November and he looked good,” commented Campos.
“He will be a very good rider for us.”