Scott Nicholls makes himself available for Great Britain duty

Scott Nicholls is back in the GB fold

Scott Nicholls is back in the GB fold - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich’s seven-time British speedway champion, Scott Nicholls, has declared himself available for selection for the Great Britain squad this season.

Heat one action as former Witch Scott Nicholls tries the inside run on Carl Wilkinson, but couldn't

Heat one action as former Witch Scott Nicholls tries the inside run on Carl Wilkinson, but couldn't get past in the 16 Lap Classic meeting at Foxhall Stadium, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK on 24 September 2015. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

The former Witch and current Belle Vue captain has been absent from the national side for the last three years, but after positive talks with manager Alun Rossiter and members of the sport’s top brass, he is now back in contention.

Nicholls admitted he has had issues with the way the national side and the sport in this country has been run in recent years but, following the appointment of Keith ‘Buster’ Chapman as the new BSPA chairman, he is delighted to be returning for his country.

“It’s no secret that in the past I was a little disillusioned with the way things were going, and my own personal issues were well documented at the time,” Nicholls said.

“It’s not that I didn’t want to ride for Great Britain, and I guess it was a slightly political stance, but I didn’t agree with the way things were being done.

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“I feel that having Buster (Chapman) in charge as BSPA chairman is a very constructive move. He’s a very strong character and also a stubborn person – but he will listen, and I truly believe he’s got the interests of the sport at heart.

“I’m also pleased to see Colin Pratt back more involved again on the Management Committee. I’ve always got on very well with Colin and have a lot of respect for him, and it’s those things which have made the decision easier.

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“For me it’s not just about trying to achieve a gold medal right now, although that would be lovely to do, and this season is our best chance for a number of years – we know how good we are on home soil, even though it’s a brand-new track which might take away some of the advantage.

“But it’s also about the future. I’m pleased with what they’re trying to do and the people who they have on board, and I feel the future looks much more positive.

“I’ve always said I’d like to offer my services with any help if they felt it would be of any benefit, I would like to help the younger lads come through and really put British Speedway back on the map where it should be.

“It’s fantastic that we have a British World Champion, but other than that we haven’t really delivered what we did back in the 1980s, so it would be nice to try to get that interest and success back.

“I’ve had a good chat with Rosco and I’m not taking it as a given that I’m just going to be picked for the World Cup Final, because that will be a case of who’s performing at the time.

“I’m confident that I will be doing a good enough job to be in there, but if I’m not then I’ll be wishing all the boys success and be cheering them on to win.”

Rossiter added: “What’s happened in the past really doesn’t interest me too much – my priority is to have the strongest-possible squad to choose from for the World Cup Final, which is a massive event for us.

“Clearly having Scott in the frame gives us another quality option, and there won’t be anyone else with more experience of the new circuit by the time the meeting comes around.

“Scott knows this isn’t a guarantee of selection for the team – we’re a long way away from the event, and I’ll be monitoring everyone’s form closely before making that decision.

“But it’s definitely a boost for us and it will also keep all of the other boys on their toes with some good competition for places.”

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