Scott Nicholls 'buzzing' as Wolverhampton Wolves sign seven-time British Champ
Scott Nicholls admits he is “buzzing” after Wolves swooped for the record-breaking seven-times British Champion.
The Monmore outfit were dealt a huge blow on the eve of the season losing No.1 Jacob Thorssell with a hand injury until June.
But the quick-thinking club moved swiftly to snap up Nicholls who has a sensational record at the famous circuit.
Nicholls, 40, won his last two national titles in dramatic style at Wolverhampton and is clearly delighted to get his chance.
He revealed: “I’m obviously buzzing to have got a place in the Premiership. It’s not the way I would have liked, I feel awful for Jacob to suffer an injury on the eve of the campaign.
“Wolves is a club I’ve always wanted to race for and Chris van Straaten (club owner) has targeted me a few times over the years but it’s somehow never worked out.
“I’m very grateful of the opportunity and it’s a track I obviously like. It holds very special memories for me. I won my sixth and seventh British Championships at Monmore so it will mean a lot for it to be my home track at last.”
Nicholls is a proven outstanding performer in the top flight of British speedway and always puts his heart and soul into every race.
But he remains extra hungry to make his mark for Wolves. He added: “This has definitely given me an extra boost for this season.
“I always want to prove that I can produce it at the highest level, there’s absolutely no reason why not. It was a disjointed campaign for me a year ago at Rye House and Leicester. Now I just want to hit the ground running for Wolves and score a lot of points.”
Meanwhile Van Straaten is hoping Nicholls can give the club a nice problem when Thorssell becomes available.
“Scott understands the situation and he’s happy with it,” said Van Straaten. “But if he suddenly propels himself back to a regular eight-point rider he will give us a nice problem to deal with when Jacob declares himself fit!
“We’ll deal with that as and when, but for now we are delighted to welcome Scott to Wolverhampton.”