Is James Sarjeant the key to Ipswich Witches’ success in 2016?

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James Sarjeant admits to being ‘really happy’ he got the call from Chris Louis to race for Ipswich in 2016.

The 21-year-old Coventry asset, based in Sheffield, ‘can’t wait to get going’, with his signature barely dry on both the Bees and Witches contracts for next year.

And he plans to continue to make progress – and win trophies with the Witches – with his signing likely to prove a popular deal with Foxhall fans.

“I hadn’t heard from Glasgow, who I rode for last season, but was really happy when Ipswich came in for me,” he said.

“It didn’t take long for me to say yes to Chris and I’m glad I’m joining a team who have been a consistently good team in the Premier League.

“I can’t wait to get going and I am not the sort of rider to just burst on the scene. I want to just keep getting better and better.”

Sarjeant was part of a Glasgow team who lost in the play-off final to Edinburgh at the end of last season.

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He enjoyed some high scores as the season progressed , including a paid 18 points in the semi-final, second leg win over Somerset Rebels.

“My wish at the start of the season was to get out of the reserve berth and I did that,” Sarjeant said.

“I need to be more consistent and I want to stay in the main body of the Ipswich team. I was going really well at the end of the year and didn’t really want the season to finish.

“So, I want to be more consistent and keep in that main body of the Ipswich team.”

Sarjeant had praise for the Foxhall track, which he sees as one with a great home advantage.

“Ipswich has always been a track where usually riders take a couple of rides to get their set-up sorted,” he said.

“I like that because it gives the home team a good chance to get a good start.”

Sarjeant is possibly key to the Witches success in 2016.

He may well be riding at the tricky No.2 position but showed last year both with Glasgow and Coventry he has the talent to be quite a force in the Premier League.

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