Richie Worrall is so looking forward to being the Ipswich Witches No.1 in 2014. In fact he contacted the club in the winter about joining so keen was he to link up with the Witches. He’s not driving 4 hours from Manchester to go through the motions!

Richie Worrall. Photo: STEPHEN WALLER

Richie Worrall. Photo: STEPHEN WALLER - Credit: Picture: Stephen Waller

Witches No.1 Richie Worrall has told how he contacted Chris Louis, so keen was he to ride for the Witches in 2014.

Worrall was speaking at press and practice day yesterday where he and his Ipswich Witches team-mates were being put through their paces.

The St Helens-based rider, 22, has taken over the No.1 race jacket from Ben Barker, who led the Witches last season. And he’s keen to let Witches fans know that, despite riding for Belle Vue in the Elite League and in Poland too, he is very determined to lead the Witches from the front.

“I know how important the No.1 race jacket is,” he said.

“You go out first, you lead by example. I’ve watched many No.1’s go out in the first heat and often it sets the tone for the rest of your team-mates.

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“I can assure Ipswich fans, I’m not driving four hours from Manchester each Thursday to go through the motions. I need to earn money as I’ve invested in a lot of good equipment this season.

“In fact I phoned Chris Louis in the winter because I wanted to ride for the Witches. I’ve always enjoyed riding here and I know what a great club it is.

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“But I’m still learning and hopefully Chris (Louis) can help me.”

Indeed, Worrall feels the only thing missing from this year’s Witches’ line-up is an experienced top rider.

“When I was at Newcastle I often spoke to Robbo (Stuart Robson) when I wanted some advice,” Worrall added.

“Here at Ipswich it’s a great young squad and I know we will be just fine. I want the team to win everything this season – absolutely everything.”

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