TEAM manager Alun Rossiter does not think there is any added pressure on Tobiasz Musielak’s shoulders as he looks for the Polish rider to replicate his Swindon Robins heroics in 2018.

Musielak’s arrival at the Abbey Stadium three months into the 2017 campaign marked an incredible turnaround for the side as they climbed from the lower reaches of the SGB Premiership table to eventually be crowned champions in a dramatic Grand Final success over Wolverhampton Wolves.

Swindon have won 19 of the 23 meetings in which Musielak has featured, including each of his first 15 fixtures in Robins colours, with the 24-year-old finishing the season with an average of 7.37.

With the standard having been set high early on, expectations will be for Musielak to hit his straps early next season but Rossiter just wants to see his rider perform at a consistent level.

“Everyone knows what a difference he made for us when he arrived. I thought he adapted really well when he came in,” said Rossiter.

“He might have struggled a little bit towards the end of the season and he didn’t seem quite as quick as he was when he first came in but that is something he will probably be fully aware of.

“I don’t think there is any pressure on him. If he gets a seven-point average again, that will be good enough.

“This year he is coming in from the start so he is going to know exactly what he is doing and what he has got to do for the team.”

After putting a series of strong scores on the board both at home and away for the Robins last season, Rossiter believes Musielak’s adaptability to a variety of tracks will be a big benefit to the team.

“Tobiasz has fitted in really well since he joined us and he is a good guy to deal with,” said Rossiter.

“He gets around most tracks and nothing seems to faze him. He rides all tracks – big tracks, small tracks and technical tracks like Wolverhampton, that’s the beauty of him.

“I am really happy that he has agreed to come back.”

Rule changes ahead of the 2018 season had already meant Swindon are unable to re-sign another of their title-winning team – captain and reigning world champion Jason Doyle.

That remains a source of frustration for Rossiter but with six more spots on his roster to fill, the Robins boss cannot afford to dwell on it for long.

“We have got a good idea with what we want to do with the team,” said Rossiter.

“The decision has been made about Jason. I am not happy about it, I would have been really happy to have Doyley back but it’s done now.

“I just want to wish Jason all the best and we have got to get on with our job now.”