THORSSELL UP FOR TOP JOB
Swedish star Jacob Thorssell is confident he can handle the step up to No.1 at Wolverhampton.
05 / 02 / 2018, 11:00
Swedish star Jacob Thorssell is confident he can handle the step up to No.1 at Wolverhampton, despite admitting he faced a “very stressful” wait to see if he would be offered a fresh deal.
Thorssell, who is recovering from a broken lower back, has returned to Monmore Green as the club’s one permitted rider with an 8.00-plus average, which forced Wolves to axe SGP star Freddie Lindgren.
Last year’s Warsaw SGP winner was red-hot favourite for the spot and Thorssell admits he was sweating on his place. But he’s confident he can take another step forward in his UK career and impress at No.1.
When I went from reserve to No.2, they said ‘maybe he won’t handle it.’ Then I went from second string to heat leader and they said ‘oh, it’s a big step for him.’ But I did pretty well and now I am No.1. It’s just the same thing again.
He said: “Waiting to see if I’d keep my place at Wolverhampton was a very stressful time. It was a very hard decision for them to have to make.
“I knew they wanted to have Freddie first; I’m not stupid. Of course they wanted to have him. But I get the feeling he wants to put more effort into the GPs and chose to leave.
“I’m No.1 now and every year it is the same story when you take a step up. Will you handle it?
“When I went from reserve to No.2, they said ‘maybe he won’t handle it.’ Then I went from second string to heat leader and they said ‘oh, it’s a big step for him.’ But I did pretty well and now I am No.1. It’s just the same thing again. I’m not concerned. It will be really good.
“I feel pretty confident that I can do, maybe not the same, but a similar sort of job to Freddie after a few meetings. Then anything can happen. Maybe he’ll get back into the team halfway through the season? You never know what the rules will come back with.
“I am very keen and it will be a good challenge for me. It’s a challenge after the injury, but I am pretty sure I’ll do it.”
Thorssell is confident the likes of Sam Masters and Rory Schlein will offer plenty of scoring support.
He said: “You can’t win a meeting or a league with just one guy. It’s the whole team that has to perform, and we all know that. Everyone in our team is riding well. Sam Masters is riding well. Ashley Morris has joined us at reserve and he is pretty good around Monmore. We’ll have a solid team.”
Thorssell is determined to make up for last year’s SGB Premiership play-off final heartbreak. He watched from a Midlands hospital bed with a broken back, while Swindon secured the title, despite Wolves winning the first leg at Blunsdon.
“It was very frustrating, laying there in the hospital watching the Grand Final,” Thorssell said. “I was very happy after the first leg, though. I could not believe Wolves won at Swindon. It just went out of their hands at Wolves and it was very hard to watch them lose there.
“I wish I had been there. You see different things on the TV. I could see the lines they needed and you want to get involved, call them and say ‘maybe you should try this or try that.’
“But there’s nothing you can do really. It was frustrating to see them lose, but Swindon deserved it as well. Second is not that bad.
“This year our first goal is to get to the play-offs. Then anything can happen after that. To win a league, you have to have a bit of luck as well. We didn’t have the luck on our side last year with injuries and stuff like that.”