NEW recruit Nathan Greaves is bracing himself for a busy few weeks but is hopeful the upshot of it all will be a good start to his career with Swindon Robins.
Greaves, 16, signed for the Robins on Saturday after Alun Rossiter dispensed with the services of struggling Dan Greenwood, and is set to make his debut tonight away at Wolverhampton.
The teenager is still at secondary school and begins a hectic schedule of exams in a fortnight’s time but, while he doesn’t know how he’s going to juggle his responsibilities, he’s convinced he will find a way as he bids to keep his feet on the ground despite his quick elevation to the top of the sport.
“I’m going to do my best and whatever I’m going to do I will do,” he said.
“Obviously I’m not expecting to come out with a nine average or anything silly but I will go with the flow and see what happens.
“National League is good because you can learn off their number ones, but if they were that good they would be in the Elite League so I can’t wait to learn of people like Troy Batchelor and Peter Kildemand and see what knowledge they have to pass down.
“I look up to all of them but those two in particular are very experienced guys.
“I only turned 16 in February so I’ve still got things to do at school and exams to do which start in about two weeks.
“I don’t know how I will juggle it all around to be honest but I’m sure we will find a way.”
Greaves has picked up British titles on his way through the junior ranks but insists those count for nothing as he prepares to begin his Elite League career on a track he knows well.
“I’ve won six British championships since I started riding but that doesn’t really mean anything now because this is definitely a better level and a much harder test for me.
“In the under 16s I had a set time to do things but in the Elite League I have the rest of my life to do it so I don’t need to do it all in just one season.
“I ride for Cradley in the National League so it’s pretty good to be able to start there, although maybe it would have better somewhere else because the track there is really hard. I am certainly more confident than I would have been if I had been going to that track for my debut with no experience at all.
“I prefer bigger tracks because they’re easier and you don’t have to learn as much but it’s quite good to be riding for two teams with very different tracks so you can get that variety.
“I really can’t wait to start on the big track in the Elite League but it’s just a shame I have to wait a little while for my first home meeting.”