Joe Jacobs believes he is returning to the Mildenhall Fen Tigers more of a man, after spending a year away from West Row.
The 20-year-old, part of the Tigers’ grand slam-winning side in 2012, agreed to re-sign for the club as their number one this week after spending 2013 at the Coventry Storms in the National League and Glasgow in the Premier League.
Having joined Mildenhall as a fresh-faced 15-year-old at the start of 2009, the Grundisburgh-based race ace feels the opportunity to spread his wings and make it on his own has helped him mature as a rider.
“Being at Mildenhall for quite a long time, sometimes people see you as the same person as when you started,” said Jacobs, whose only break from the Tigers between the start of 2009 and the end of 2012 was when the club folded midway through 2010. “Having gone away and come back at the end of last year to score 14 points as a guest for the Isle of Wight at Mildenhall, hopefully people see I’ve stepped my game up.
“I’m not the little 15-year-old any more — I want to race hard.
“Hopefully when I come back I’ll still be popular, but people look at me as the number one who can go out and deliver for them.”
Jacobs — who hopes to add a Premier League ride to his Tigers’ National League and Wolverhampton Wolves’ Elite League duties — was part of the resurrected Mildenhall side that won the Knockout Cup in 2011.
However, his greatest moment arrived 12 months later when they retained the cup and added the National League title, Trophy and Fours to their collection.
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n Josh Bates and Dan Halsey have committed to Mildenhall for their third and fourth successive seasons.
Read about Halsey’s return on Page 89.