Sandbach youngster Sam Ward is the latest arrival at Stoke Eazy Rider Potters, as the club continues to build its team for the new championship season in the National League.
The 17-year-old works part-time at Sandbach Services and is studying computer controlled engineering at college.
He says he is fully aware of the busy times that lie ahead as his career develops further.
Sam began his career in speedway with a 125 cc machine when he was just seven-years-old and said he is thrilled to take this step forward especially for the Potters.
“I am very pleased about coming to Stoke and I really hope to grab any opportunities that come along and score points.
“I know I still have many things to learn but this gives me that chance.” he added.
Stoke team manager Malcolm Vasey feels Ward is on the verge of his dreams.
He told StaffsLive: “It is always good to have local riders in a team and in the course of history many such men have worn the Potters colours with distinction.
“Sam has earned the opportunity to follow in their footsteps and I wish him the best of luck.
“The lad made a lot of progress last season and is well kitted out with two machines and has brand new kevlars in readiness for the new season.
“He assures me he will be spending time in the gym to raise his fitness levels and he has an excellent attitude and the determination to succeed in a very difficult sport.
“He captained the Midland Development League side last season and will continue in that capacity in 2015.”