TATTOOED across Ellis Perks’ chest are the words ‘never give up’ – fans of Swindon Robins will no doubt associate that phrase with Alun Rossiter’s flying reserve.

It’s been a breakthrough year for Perks.

The 22-year-old fell victim to speedway’s average game little over a year ago and was unwanted by clubs across England.

That prompted the Worcester-born racer to sell his equipment. He'd had enough of the sport that ultimately threw ambitions back in his face.

But, deep into October, Perks is about to embark on the biggest week of his career.

Having never raced in a play-off final before, the Robins reserve is set to contest three in as many days.

Following tonight’s SGB Premiership Grand Final first leg away at Ipswich Witches, Perks will head to Kent for Leicester Lion Cubs’ National League final first leg on Wednesday.

Thursday will be filled by the Premiership final’s second leg before a double-header in the Championship title-decider with Leicester against Glasgow Tigers takes place on Friday and Saturday.

A day off on Sunday is followed by Monday’s National League final second leg.

No pressure then as Perks bids to become the first rider in history to win the title in each of Britain’s three tiers in the same season.

“It’s a dream come true for me, and I’m on the verge of writing a great piece of history,” said Perks.

“My drive and passion for the sport is back.

“I want to expand my riding career next year and compete in Europe. That would be even better.

“We’re managing things well, everyone in the team has stepped up well to the point where my days off at the moment are boring – the rain needs to stop.”

Perks’ fighting spirit will no doubt be at its typical best this evening as Swindon contest the first leg of the Premiership Grand Final away at Ipswich.

Foxhall is a Marmite track – you either love it or hate it.

And Perks has been on both sides of the fence in his recent visits to Suffolk.

He said: “I will be giving it everything for four laps.

“If I’m behind, I’ll have to chase else I get no money.

“Extra money at this time of year could be the difference between winning or losing a match for one of my teams.”