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Ashley Morris aims to hammer rivals

By David Banner | Speedway | Published:

Ashley Morris makes an emotional return to race in front of Cradley fans at tonight’s Golden Hammer at Monmore (7.30).

Ashley Morris.

Morris was the first rider to be signed when the club rose from the ashes for the 2010 season and went on to win the league and cup double with them three years later.

He’s now plying his trade for Championship side Newcastle but admits the prestigious hammer is one title he would dearly love to win.

“I don’t mind individual meetings to be honest but the one I do always hope I’m invited into is the Golden Hammer,” Morris said.

“Probably just because it’s for the Heathens and in front of their fans.

“There’s so many familiar faces who I’ve basically grown up with since I started out in speedway and they’ve supported me and backed me from day one. If I’m being honest, I only know two or three of the other boys who are in it because I do things a bit differently nowadays.

“I try not to worry too much about who I’m up against. I just turn up at the track for a meeting and make sure I give it the best that I can because no matter who’s alongside me, they’re all there to be beat.

“I’ve never had too much luck in this meeting – but hopefully I can change that this year.”

Morris faces tough competition for the title with current skipper Tom Perry alongside other Heathens league winners Max Clegg and Nathan Greaves. American ace Broc Nicol is also included as he bids to win a permanent team place in the UK.

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