New '' Witches signing Joe Jacobs is delighted to be finally be wearing the Witches race jacket after growing up on the Foxhall terraces.

The 22-year-old has come in to replace Paco Castagna at reserve and said a year out of the sport has helped him recover his enjoyment this season before the call from Chris Louis came.

"I had a year out last year as I rode in all three leagues the year before and I needed a break to be honest," said Jacobs. "I didn't know where I was at, I got overtired and stopped enjoying it. I stuck around last year helping Rohan (Tungate) at Ipswich and then this year it came about that there was a team spot at Belle Vue and I knew I definitely wanted to come back and ride.

"I signed with them in the Elite League and I wasn't riding too much so I did a 28 day deal with the Isle of Wight in the National League. I sent Chris a message a couple of times saying I was keen to be in the Premier League as I wanted to be racing against a better level of riders. Then I had the call on Saturday offering me a spot and it was something I was never going to say no to. I'm grateful for the opportunity and hopefully can get on the gas now."

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