NICK Morris admits he was left with big shoes to fill when Swindon Robins opted to retain his services over world champion Jason Doyle.

With both riders possessing an average over eight points, team manager Alun Rossiter was left to choose between the two Australians when new rules were brought in for the 2018 SGB Premiership season.

Morris remained at the Abbey Stadium and is set to welcome his compatriot back to Wiltshire tonight as Doyle's new side, Somerset Rebels, go head-to-head with the Robins.

“It would be good to have Jason back. Maybe that will make it more interesting for the fans, I don’t know,” said Morris.

“After being part of the winning team last year, and also being crowned world champion, it will be great for the fans to see him back at Swindon.

“When he left, there were obviously big shoes to fill. It was a big ask for me to fill the boots of the world champion.

“I just had to try and not worry about that, ride the bike as well as I can, and that is what I have been doing so far.

“It’s been okay, I’ve been going alright. I had a couple of bad meetings, but all in all, it hasn’t been a bad start. We are still working hard to go faster.”

Doyle isn’t the only member of last year’s team to return as New Zealander Bradley Wilson-Dean will also feature for the Rebels.

The Robins go into the meeting in good form, especially at home, where they are yet to lose so far this season.

And Morris, who took over as captain at the start of the term, says it is important to remain grounded.

“You can’t please everyone all the time. You can have 20 good meetings and a few bad ones and people will still want to make changes to the team,” added Morris

“Us riders block all of that stuff out and just focus on riding our bikes as fast as we can, because that is all we can do.

“Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t, but hopefully it will work more often than not.

“The weather will be fine. We had a little shower on Saturday but then the sun came out. One minute it’s sunny, then the next it is overcast. I think we will be okay.”