NICK Morris has put a blistering start to the 2017 season for the Swindon Robins down to having a clear head as he looks to take his form into Friday night’s meeting with Somerset Rebels.

The 22-year-old has come in for his fair share of criticism during his five years at the Abbey Stadium, with many questions team manager Alun Rossiter’s loyalty to the young Aussie when he confirmed he was returning this season.

However, Morris has gone some way to proving those doubters wrong having started his sixth season at the club in fine fettle.

Morris has top scored in four of Swindon’s opening five meetings, notching double figures on each outing to date, and says he is in a good place at the moment, which is translating onto the track.

“I’ve just come into this season knowing what I want,” he said, with only a flooded carburettor in heat 11 on Easter Sunday preventing him from topping the score charts against Poole Pirates as well.

“Last year I had problems with some frames and other things and myself as well, but this year, I have come into the season, knowing what I’m riding, I'm happy with the engines, happy with everything and it is all going well.

“Everyone knows speedway is a big confidence game and when your confidence is high, everything is sweet, when your confidence is low, you might as well quit speedway.

“It’s still early days and Adam (Ellis) has just come back from injury so, hopefully, he will get back on form soon and the guys who are having a tough time, hopefully, they can up their game a little bit.”

Tyres have been a hotly debated subject in the opening weeks of the 2017 SGB Premiership campaign and they reared their head again on Sunday, with Poole wanting to ride on the yellow-walled option, which many, including Robins skipper Jason Doyle, have been highly critical of.

While Morris does not think it had any bearing on the overall result, he is keen to see a resolution soon.

“(Poole) wanted to use the yellows, so I heard, and in the middle of the meeting, they were whinging because the tyres were so deteriorated,” he explained. “We got a draw and there are a lot of issues going on about the tyres so hopefully they sort that out.

“I wouldn’t say it is too dangerous, they are deteriorating so fast and the tyres are falling apart so there is a lack of grip there at the end.”