SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter believes he has put his own personal managerial credentials on the line after completing the Robins’ one to seven this week with the addition of popular Brit Zach Wajtknecht.

Wajtknecht joins former world champion Jason Doyle, 2017 Robins Rider of the Year Tobiasz Musielak, former Swindon Elite League title winner Dawid Lampart, reserve James Shanes plus 2018 favourites Adam Ellis and Troy Batchelor in Robins’ 2019 SGB Premiership roster.

And it’s number one Jason Doyle whose high average of 9.8 will test Rossiter’s winter work as the Robins look to regain the Premiership play-off crown they lost to Poole Pirates this season.

Rossiter said: “If I can’t make 9.8 work (Jason Doyle’s average), I am not a very good team manager.

“We made it work when he was on a 13.5 average and we ended up winning the league. We got everything chucked at us, but we made it work.”

Rossiter admits he had three or four riders in the pipeline to spearhead Robins’ charge next season.

Plans B, C and D were put on hold though once negotiations with the 2017 world champion concluded swiftly after talks were first ignited.

“People say Jason is hard work but I have no problem with him. Jason is fiery but I have always told him to never lose that fire because if the fire goes out, then you are in trouble,” said Rossiter.

“He is passionate and wants to do well – I can handle that.

“We had to nail down which way we were going. We had three or four options but until we knew what was going on with Jason and whether we has going to come back or not, we couldn’t really do much.

“We have to re-jig our thinking a little bit as I had one team that is set up with Jason and then one team that is set without him. Jason was always first on our wish list.”