World champion Tai Woffinden has agreed a new contract with Wolverhampton
World champion Tai Woffinden will race in Britain again next season after agreeing a new contract with Wolverhampton.
Last Updated: 20/12/13 4:13pm
The 23-year-old from Scunthorpe has concluded talks with club owner Chris Van Straaten and will return to Monmore Green in 2014.
Woffinden became only the third Wolves rider after Ole Olsen and Sam Ermolenko to take the sport's top honour in October.
Woffinden admitted he was delighted to have finalised a deal with Wolves and told the club's website: "The expanded fixture list in the UK meant it wasn't that simple for me to stay and ride here, but I'm pleased it's worked out.
"I'm delighted to have everything finalised and I'm looking forward to the new season and it's a great feeling to be back with Wolverhampton."
Van Straaten, meanwhile, is delighted to get his man back on board.
"I'm relieved and delighted to have Tai back with us for next season, it's fabulous news for Wolverhampton and British Speedway in general to have the world champion riding here," he said.
"It's taken a little longer than I would have liked because, naturally, Tai has a lot on his plate and lots to consider.
"He is also looking at the best way to make maximum use of the fact that is is world champion and early in the new year we will also be looking to bring in some sponsorship to help with his British racing.
"It's a massive plus for us to have the best rider in the world at Wolverhampton and I am delighted we have been able to make it happen.
"He was pivotal to our team plans, we knew the signing of Tai would dictate which way our team building would go and we now know what we are left with for the last two places.
"I'm confident we can have the team finalised in the next couple of days and we are in for an exciting season I'm sure."