IMPORT Max Birbraer believes there is still more to come from the Swindon Wildcats despite their blistering start to the season.

Already 12 games deep into the National League South One campaign, Aaron Nell’s side have only lost twice, with both of those defeats coming in overtime.

Birbraer was on hand to seal an overtime win against Hull Pirates at the Link Centre on Sunday as the Cats booked their place in the Autumn Trophy semi-finals.

That was a fifth goal of the season for the 36-year-old, who says he feels encouraged by the club’s start to the campaign.

“I’m pleased. I hadn’t scored for a few games so it was good to get that monkey off my back,” he said.

“Obviously I am one of the two imports on the team and it is my role to score, so it is always nice to reassure yourself that you still do it.

“Statistically, we have had a good start but I still think we have a next gear and we aren’t particularly thrilled with the way we are winning.

“It’s a good sign that we are winning but we would like a better quality and everyone in the locker room knows it.

“If you’re not going to be at 100 per cent, you’d rather be doing that in your first 12 games rather than the last 12 games of the season.

“We are pleased with where we are and we are only going to get better.”

Nell’s troops now have a quick turnaround for their next fixture, as they face Telford Tigers at the Link Centre on Wednesday, where kids go for free due to it being half-term.

The teams have already met three times this season, with the Cats claiming victory in all three clashes Despite that, Birbraer acknowledges the Shropshire outfit will still present a considerable challenge.

“Sometimes, especially at the beginning of the season, we have a deep line up so a short turnaround doesn’t bother us, it might even be better,” he said.

“We have played them three times and we have beaten them three times but the scorelines were very tight.

“We would like a complete performance. We are working hard and we are working clever.

“It is nice to see we can do it, we just need to do it consistently.

“We want to dominate more, but at the end of the day, it is the win column that counts.”