SWINDON Robins team manager Alun Rossiter is hoping that everyone will reap the benefits of a new engine for Adam Ellis.
The 21-year-old Brit has found life difficult since making the move from Poole Pirates over the winter.
The young rider could only manage a 3+3 in opening meet of the season at Leicester Lions before sustaining a broken scaphoid in his next outing against Belle Vue Aces on his home bow as he failed to trouble the scorers.
After sitting out the two Knockout Cup meetings with Rye House Rockets, which Swindon won 100-80 on aggregate, Ellis returned on Easter Monday to face his former club.
However, while there were no issues from his wrist injury, Ellis could only manage one third-place finish from his three rides at the Abbey Stadium against Poole.
And as the Robins head to SGB Premiership newcomers Somerset Rebels tonight searching for their first league victory, Rossiter is hopeful that everyone will start to see why Ellis was brought to Blunsdon.
“Adam has been out and invested in a new engine,” the Abbey chief said. “We know from what he did last season, he is more than capable.
“He has suffered some bad luck, a poor refereeing call and an injury, but there are no issues with the wrist now.
“Now that he has got a new engine, hopefully we can all start to see him score some good points.”
The Robin chief has been pleased with how Nick Morris has started the campaign.
The Aussie, who is in his sixth season the Abbey, endured a tough campaign last year and there were questions as to why Rossiter had kept faith with the 22-year-old.
Morris has repaid his team manager by hitting double figures in all five the meetings to date – including a Heat 15 win on Easter Monday that secured a 45-45 draw with Poole.
“Nick has had a fantastic start to the season,” Rossiter said. “I have always had belief in him.
“We know last year he had a bad year after setting the bar so high in the season before.
“People wondered why I brought him back. Would they rather I had brought Rohan Tungate or Josh Grajczonek back? Nick had a better average than both of them last year and look at him now.”
With the Robins searching for their first win in the league at a Somerset side, which not only includes Tungate and Grajczonek but former Robins reserve Charles Wright too, Rossiter knows that his team won’t have it easy.
While the Rebels have struggled on the road, losing all three, at home, they have won both their meetings – including Good Friday’s 47-43 success over Poole.