ELLIS Perks already has two new bikes prepared and ready to go after he was today confirmed as Alun Rossiter’s fourth off-season signing ahead of Swindon Robins’ 2020 SGB Premiership title defending campaign.

The 22-year-old made British speedway history last season when becoming the first rider to win all three leagues – Premiership, Championship and National League – in the same year.

His triumph with Swindon was prompted by James Shanes’ departure from Blunsdon in mid-May.

And Perks’ addition to the squad proved not only a popular choice with supporters, but also the club’s board as he registered 70 points from 91 rides in league matches.

Club captain Jason Doyle returned from Australia this week following an operation on a torn bicep, but Perks will be heading in the opposite direction shortly for a six-week break in the country where he was raised.

The Worcester-born racer doesn’t plan on slipping into Kevlars while down under, instead he plans on returning to the UK refreshed and prepared for what promises to be an equally busy 2020.

He told the Adver: “I need to be racing in the Premiership, it brings me on.

“Swindon were kind enough to grant me the opportunity in the top flight, and I loved the experience last season.

“It wasn’t straight away (we agreed a deal), but I was always on the cards of the four or five team ideas that Rosco (Alun Rossiter) and Lee (Kilby) had – it’s pleasing to know that.

“It’s great to be wanted and even better to be back.”

Perks’ two fresh bikes were purchased from Danish-based speedway supplier KL Support a fortnight ago.

Those machines have been suitably prepared in the last week with the British hope pondering over the option to add two more fresh engines to his garage before pre-season testing in March.

Mechanical additions might be necessary for Perks, who is yet to receive any contract offers from clubs in Poland, Sweden and Denmark despite talks.

The Robins reserve admits himself a more hands-on approach may aid his wish to ride abroad by entering a number of open meetings.

Therefore, he can expect to add plenty of miles to his career in the following 12 months.

He added: “I’ve still got to invest in some engines.

“I’ll get one – maybe two – new ones for 2020.

“I don’t like to commit to equipment until I’ve signed contracts. Two years ago, I bought two new bikes but had no team – but £6,000 worth of equipment was still in my possession.

“There’s still a chance I could sign a contract abroad, but really I need to get over there for some individual and open meetings to put my name about.

“Polish teams won’t take the risk of signing an unknown rider.”