SEVEN YEARS after putting pen-to-paper on his first professional deal in British speedway, Adam Ellis is on the verge of landing his seventh club honour.

Born in Marmande – a hotbed for grasstrack racing in the south-west of France – Ellis’ gradual rise to the UK’s top tier has been a result of several years of steady progress.

Stints with Isle of Wight, Ipswich, Birmingham, Lakeside and Poole have attracted four major trophies to his cabinet since 2015.

Two of those titles have been earned racing in the red and yellow colours of Birmingham - where he helped the Brummies land the Four-Team Championship in 2015 and the Championship title itself in 2017.

But victory for Swindon Robins in the Premiership Supporters’ Cup final against Belle Vue Aces would add a third top tier honour for the 23-year-old in Swindon colours.

Ahead of tonight’s final first leg, Ellis vowed to give everything possible at the National Speedway Stadium in front of the Robins’ coach load of supporters.

He said: “I can’t wait for tonight, it’s my first final of the year – and hopefully we can get a good result.

“We’ve been solid at Belle Vue previously, but all seven of us haven’t hit form on the same night.

“We want to try and win, but if we can keep the score tight, we’ll be happy too. We know how good we are at home – especially after the last couple of home performances.

“If we’re firing on all cylinders, then we can no doubt keep it close. It’s always nice to see the fans afterwards, there were a few at Peterborough on Monday and we thanked them all afterwards.

“It’s a long way to travel, and to have a coach load of flags makes a difference.”

Despite finishing heat 15 in fourth, Ellis enjoyed one of his more successful nights in the Premiership on Monday at the East of England Arena against Peterborough – a meeting Swindon won 44-46.

Ellis dropped only one point from his four programmed rides, but he admits he got the setup wrong in his final outing as the power-sapping Showground circuit turned slick.

“Monday was good for me, though it was tricky going out in heat 15 – it always is,” added Ellis.

“My last programmed ride is in heat 11, and the track changed after my final programmed ride. There was still some dirt in the middle of the track that you could get the back wheel hooked up on.

“I was banking on that line being the same, but there wasn’t as much material. The boys said it went slick, but it was a lot slicker than I thought it was.”