TOBIASZ Musielak says a sense of familiarity at Swindon Robins will prove to be beneficial for him and his teammates as they embark on their bid to retain the SGB Premiership crown.

Alun Rossiter’s side get their season under way on Monday evening, where they take on Belle Vue Aces in the opening leg of the Community Shield.

The Aces denied Swindon the double, with victory in the semi-finals of the Knockout Cup, but will seek revenge next week when they travel to Manchester on Monday, before welcoming Belle Vue to the Abbey Stadium next Thursday.

The Polish rider, who joined the club on Tuesday, July 11 replaced Danny Gappmaier and soon became a staple part of Rossiter’s side.

After the new rules were enforced for the 2018/19 season the Robins were forced to swap skipper Jason Doyle with compatriot Troy Batchelor.

With the majority of Rossiter’s title-winning side remaining at the Abbey, Musielak admits he feels at ease in his second year, especially as the majority of the septet is the same.

“I don’t know if it will be that different for me this year, even though I am here for the start of the season,” he said.

“In 2015 I rode for Wolverhampton from March to October, so it is nothing new for me.

“Of course, it is great to be at Swindon from March, because I felt last year in June I was new and everything was new. It was a new team, a new club and new guys.

“Now it is alright, everything is cool.

“The team hasn’t changed too much. Troy Batchelor has replaced Jason Doyle so it is a good team.”

Last season, Swindon started their season in sluggish fashion as they picked up one win in the opening nine meetings of the year.

This year, Musielak is hoping that he can be a shot in the arm for Swindon and guide them to a quick start on Monday evening.

“We always want to do our best, we want to win the league again – that is our destination,” he added.

“We’ve got good ambition to work hard and win the league.

“Rosco is a good man. Thanks to him I was in the team last year and it was very good for me.”