SWINDON Robins have moved to secure the futures of two of brightest British prospects in speedway.

After helping the Abbey Stadium outfit to claim the inaugural SGB Premiership, Great Britain international Adam Ellis and Zach Wajtknecht have both signed contracts with the club to make them full assets.

Twenty-one-year-old Ellis joined Swindon last season from Poole Pirates despite being a Lakeside asset.

Although the start of the season was a struggle for Ellis, he came on strong towards the end of what was a remarkable campaign for the Blunsdon men.

Wajtknecht, however, had his season curtailed by a damaged spleen after showing so much promise.

And by securing the two riders on contract, Robins boss Alun Rossiter is delighted to make them fully-fledged Robins.

“We are pleased that they have both signed,” Rossiter said. “Zach surprised so many people last year before his injury.

“He was beating heat leaders and the progress he made was fantastic.

“I do think that he got overlooked by a lot of people last year – I thought that he should have got a chance with the Great Britain U21.

“But that is my opinion, I know people have theirs when I pick my GB squad.”

Wajtknect said: “I’m happy with the faith that the club have shown in me and when I got injured last year I think the fans stuck by me “I was just getting going as well, so it is good to have a club, I have had a bit of a rough start and it’s good they have wanted to buy me.”

Although Rossiter is yet to confirm any members of his septet for next season, however, by making the British duo assets it is likely that they will both return to help Swindon try and defend their crown.

And that is something Ellis is hoping he gets a chance to do.

“It’s great, obviously I wasn’t too fussed whether Lakeside sold me or not, so for them to sell me and Terry Russell and Alun Rossiter to go and buy me is pretty cool,” Ellis said. 

“Hopefully that means I am part of Swindon’s plans in the future as well, I’m more than happy to be a Swindon asset.”

Rossiter added: “Adam is such a great person to have in the dressing room – he’s a real character, he is someone that can really help cut the tension.

“But more than that, he is someone that, like Zach, has a bright future.”