Continuity is the name of the game at the King’s Lynn Young Stars who begin their speedway National League season next week.
Riders were speaking at the team’s Press and Practice Day on Wednesday.
Dale Allitt’s Stebbings Car Superstore Young Stars side has a familiar feel for this season with six returnees, but this year will see them reignite their ambition for tasting National League glory.
Previous title winner Nathan Greaves is the only newcomer in the side which features Tom Stokes, Josh Bailey, Shane Hazelden, skipper Scott Campos, Ryan Kinsley and Layne Cupitt.
Campos, who took over the fledglings midway through last year when joint-captain James Cockle picked up a long-term injury, has been at the club for a decade.
The 26-year-old said: “It’s a good bunch of lads – Nathan is the only newcomer – but we all know what Nathan’s about. He’s a point scorer.
“All the lads proved themselves last year and it’s only going to go one way this year, so it should be a good season.”
He added: “I think that is one of the things Dale and I spoke about during the winter – a bit of continuity.
“They’re all very familiar with each other. We’ve all ridden with each other at least once, apart from Nathan, so there should be no problem settling in.”
Monday’s challenge match at Kent fell victim to the dreadful bank holiday weather, but the riders, the majority of whom are still teenagers, have had plenty of practice time at the Adrian Flux Arena, while the likes of Norwich-born Bailey have already begun their Premier League campaigns.
Greaves said many were shocked by his winter switch from midlands National League big-hitters Cradley.
The 18-year-old, who has already won two league titles, paid tribute to Allitt and said: “I do need a change and I definitely think it’s for the best, so that’s why I’m here.”
Heat leader Greaves, who comes in on an average of 7.08, elaborated on his reasons for changing: “A change of track, definitely. I didn’t want to ride Wolves anymore; a change of management, everything, really; the whole thing.
“Cradley had a good team and we used to win a lot. Hopefully I can do that here. I definitely think I’ll be a lot happier here. Dale has helped me personally as well, so it’s going to be a good year.”