TAPES-UP: Aussie youngster part of the furniture at Rosco's household
HOW would you feel about living with your boss? Personally I can’t think of anything worse.
But that’s exactly the situation Swindon rider Nick Morris finds himself in, as during the season he finds himself under the same roof as Robins team manager Alun Rossiter and his wife Julie.
The 19-year-old has been at the Rossiters’ Stratton home since moving to Swindon two years ago, and during that time has become part of the family and an adopted older brother for Grace, 11, Charlee, 8, and Ben, five.
It’s an arrangement which seems to suit Morris as he continues to take big strides in his speedway career, with his vastly improved form of the last two months showing an Elite League heat leader slot is well within his reach in the not so distant future.
After spending little over an hour in the family home it’s easy to see there is a love-hate relationship between rider and team manager, full of mutual respect, and Morris certainly appreciates all the family have done for him during his time in Britain.
“I don’t really take it as Rosco being my boss, and I do my racing and then come back here and it’s my second home,” he said.
“I relax here, but when I’m not racing I go out with some of the other Australian riders who live around here and we have some fun.
“They’ve been really good to me and I’m just like another one of their kids now, and they’ve looked after me the same way they look after their own kids.
“I don’t have to do any washing and they look after me like that and I really feel part of the family.
“I’m not at the house a stupid amount which means things are always okay, although I think Rosco might have a bit of OCD or something though because he’s up and cleaning at 8am, but other than that he’s okay.”
While the rest of us may shudder at the prospect of having to come home and talk shop with our employer after a hard day at the office, Morris believes having Rossiter by his side is doing him and his career the world of good.
“He can always tell me what to do if I’m doing anything wrong and he gives a different point of view that can be really helpful,” he said.
“He talks to me and sees things maybe I don’t, and that people who haven’t race can’t see.
“If I do well it’s all good, but if I don’t he lets me know what I’m doing wrong.”
Rossiter is more impressed with the way Morris conducts himself on the track than with his housework skills, while the Robins boss also has a quiet admiration for the way his young rider likes to wind up his three children.
“Nick’s pretty easy going and is a typical Australian, and he’s really chilled out and laid-back really which is great,” he said.
“He doesn’t do a great deal around the house, although we did get a picture of him washing up once, and we’ve kept hold of that ever since because it was such a rare event.
“I try to look after him and Julie certainly treats him like one of the family although I am maybe a bit harsh on him at times which is perhaps a bit unfair.
“He’s great with the kids but he winds them up, and after he’s been out all day with the Australians he will come back and spend 10 or 15 minutes winding the kids up.
“They moan when he’s here, but when he goes back to Australia in the winter they are soon moaning that they want him to come back because they miss him.”
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