SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter has insisted there is no danger of injured star Jason Doyle becoming a forgotten man if the Robins can claim the Elite League title tonight.
The Australian played a vital role as the Blunsdon side cruised through the regular season to set up a two-legged clash with Poole, but crashed in the Premier League Riders’ Championship at Sheffield on Sunday, with a broken bone in his neck ruling him out of the two-legged shootout with his former club.
It is the second year in a row that Doyle’s season has been cruelly ended after missing out on riding in last year’s final for the Pirates, and while the 27-year-old felt forgotten by the Poole fans last time around, Robins boss Rossiter has insisted that will not be the case this year.
“Jason has been an absolutely vital part of our team this year, and when we do our track walks we have a little saying each time, and for the final it has been ‘Doyley,’ and it will be the same tonight,” he said.
“He will not be forgotten by us, and hopefully he will be down at the meeting to watch because the boys would love to have him there.
“Jason has enjoyed himself at Swindon which is great, and he has really enjoyed the track and the club.”
“He will be gutted not to be there because he wanted to ride every meeting, and every time we had a rain-off and he was unavailable for the rearranged meeting he got really annoyed.
“That is the sort of guy he was.
“He even got upset with me at the start of the season when I said it was good to have two doubling up riders to keep him on his toes.
“He said to me ‘are you going to drop me then?’ after he scored 12 points, and that is how passionate he is.”
Doyle has proved himself to be one of the toughest riders in British speedway this season having ridden with a broken jaw, and Rossiter believes he would have taken his place in the Robins side for the grand final if it was in any way possible.
“He would have been out there and would have been on the phone to me every five minutes if there was a chance he could have ridden,” he said.
“He reminds me of a young Phil Crump, and he would have to be absolutely on death’s door to stop riding.
“He has been fantastic for us, and he has a lot of fire in his belly, but if you take that away from someone they are not the same rider or the same person.
“While he has calmed down a lot from what he used to be, he has still got the same aggression and the same fire, and he will be up for it.”