Nielsen hoping to come back with a bang
Stefan Nielsen wants to give fans a meeting to remember on his return to Mildenhall Stadium on Sunday — by turning on the style in the Fen Fours (3.30pm).
The 21-year-old, one of three former Fen Tigers alongside Josh Bates and Joe Jacobs to be drafted into the event, will feature in the Assured Aces team with Connor Mountain and fellow guests Connor Dwyer and Layne Cupitt.
Since leaving the West Row club at the end of the 2013 season, 12 months after featuring in their Grand Slam-winning team, Nielsen has gone on to establish himself at both Premier League and Elite League level, where he is currently part of the Swindon Robins outfit.
“I’m looking forward to riding back at Mildenhall as it has been a while,” he said, “but it has been on the cards for a bit now.
“I enjoyed my time at the club and it will be nice to see all the supporters again while I made a few good friends during my time there.
“It is an interesting line-up and hopefully I can have a bit of fun. Hopefully I will have had a few meetings under my belt by then and can find some sort of form to entertain the crowd.”
While coming within a whisker of winning the Elite League title with the Belle Vue Aces last season, the dual British Under-19 champion still ranks the National League title he secured with the Fen Tigers back in 2012 as one of the stand-out moments of his career to date.
“I had the Grand Slam season at Mildenhall and it will be a place that will always hold a soft spot as they did a lot for me in helping me progress my career,” he added.
“I’ve actually watched the DVD of the second leg of that Cradley Heathens meeting at King’s Lynn over the winter.
“I look back at that night as one of the highlights of my career along with my two British Under-19 titles. Watching it gives me confidence and it reminds me what I can do.”
Despite looking forward to a return to his former stomping ground, the Bury St Edmunds-based rider is facing up to the prospect of being without a Premier League place for the time being after it was announced earlier this month that the Plymouth Devils would no longer run this season.
“I know there is a group trying to get the funds together to keep the team going this season and I am still hoping and praying that is the case as I am now just left with the Elite League,” he said.
“I had no idea it was going to happen and I only heard about two hours before it went on the internet when I got the phone call. It was a big shock.
“It is always good to have the Premier League as well as it can help you get over bad meetings in the Elite League.”