Nielsen is a ‘victim of his own success’ after Rebels axing

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Mildenhall Fen Tigers star Stefan Nielsen feels he has been a victim of his own success after being axed by Premier League Somerset Rebels.

Eighteen-year-old Nielsen was released by the Oak Tree Arena outfit during Wednesday’s Premier League transfer deadline day in order to allow them to bring in Buxton Hitmen number one Charles Wright.

“The reason they gave me for giving me the sack was that I didn’t score enough points during Somerset’s northern tour a couple of weeks ago,” said Nielsen.

“I did struggle and admit that I didn’t score many points, but I had no mechanic for the tour and struggled having to do everything alone.

“I thought I gave it my best in every meeting for the Rebels, but I can’t do anything about it now except to pick myself up and move on.”

However, Nielsen who has seen his Premier League average rise from 3.00 points to 4.90 points this season, insists he would have remained in the team had he not increased his average.

“It’s frustrating to know that I wouldn’t have got the sack had my average not increased as Somerset wouldn’t have been able to bring in Charles Wright as his average would have been to high,” he added.

“It is annoying to get sacked for doing well as it feels like I have stabbed myself in the back.”

While the decision by the Rebels’ management comes as a disappointment on a personal level for Nielsen, it spells good news for the Fen Tigers with it leaving the former Scunthorpe rider free to contest all of their remaining meetings.

“With my release from Somerset it means that all my concentration can now be focused on doing my best for Mildenhall and hopefully getting another piece of silverware with them,” added Brandon-based Nielsen.

His first mission will be to try and lead the Fen Tigers to glory in their final home meeting in the National League against the Dudley Heathens on Sunday (4.45pm).

Last time the two sides met in the league at Monmore back in June, the Heathens inflicted a 56-36 defeat on the Fen Tigers.

Although acknowledging the challenge facing him and his teammates at the weekend will be tough, he believes it is more than achievable.

“The Dudley meeting should be a good and it won’t be easy for us but we can win it if the team gives 110 per cent,” said Nielsen.

“Hopefully Josh Bates will be fit again as his inclusion in the team makes a big difference, however I will be doing my best to make sure I score big points.”

n The Tigers were comprehensively beaten 54-35 by the Buxton Hitmen on Sunday.