Sunday December 30, 2018
WOLVERHAMPTON have completed their 2019 team by handing a return to local lad Ashley Morris.

The 24-year-old is back with the Parrys International Wolves for a second successive season and again joins forces with team-mates Sam Masters, Rory Schlein, Jacob Thorssell and Kyle Howarth.

It means talented Aussie Nick Morris and American Champion Luke Becker are the only two newcomers to Monmore Green next season and that’s something that Ashley Morris reckons provides the Wolves with a big advantage.

“Because it’s a similar group of lads we all know where we need to improve and what we need to improve on,” Morris said.

“Our home form was solid enough but at the end of the day it was our away form that cost us a shot at anything this year so we have to address that first and foremost.

“I’m confident we can do that as well because we had a strong team this year, but bringing Nick and Luke in makes us even stronger for next season and we’re not going to be far away if we can have some luck on our side this time around too.

“We’re all in this sport to win trophies - but it would mean everything if I could win the league with Wolves one day.

“They’re my club, the club I grew up watching and the club I always dreamt of riding for as a kid.

“They’ve helped me make good progress and I know I’m capable of even more and I hope I can show that next year.

“If I could do that and win the league, that would be perfect but we know there’s a lot of hard work involved.

“I’m confident I can take some more steps in the right direction next season and I’m really looking forward to everything about.”

Meanwhile, club promoter Chris Van Straaten said: “Not everyone is an overnight sensation but Ash has made some decent, steady progress.

“He signed for the club as an asset as a teenager and he’s come on gradually every season.

“I think the fact he moved into the main body of the team this year was unexpected by us all yet we still saw flashes of what Ash can do.

“But for next season we have built a team whereby again we’re not expecting him to move out of the reserve berths, yet we’re still hopeful he can achieve a five-point plus average.

“If he does stay at reserve all season then we think he could be a real trump card for us.

“Ash is a local lad and I think that makes him even more popular with supporters and he has now completed what we feel is a very solid looking team as we aim to bounce back from what turned out to be a disappointing 2018.”

Main team sponsors Parrys International will be staging their popular, annual Open Day at their Cheslyn Hay base on Sunday, January 13 2019 where Rory Schlein and Kyle Howarth will be present alongside members of the club's management.

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