Apr 8 2011 By Fraser Wilson
JOSH GRAJCZONEK has set his sights on breaking through the magic eight-point average in his fourth - and final - season at Glasgow Tigers.
The Aussie ace, 21, has progressed from fresh-faced rookie to fearless heat leader in just three full years with the Ashfield club and is now one of the most sought-after riders in the Premier League.
Graj, who will double up for Swindon Robins in the Elite League this season, knows the pressure is on as he looks to secure a full time top tier berth in 12 months time.
So he is determined to add a point to the 7.10 average he takes into 2011.
The Ashfield fans' favourite said: "I want to be above an eight point average by end of this year - that would be awesome.
"The year has started okay for me with Swindon so far and hopefully I can just keep that going. I'm just going to play it as it goes."
Grajczonek will double up as 'minder' for 16-year-old Tigers pup Nick Morris this season and the elder Aussie has tipped the teenager to come flying out the gates when the league season finally gets underway.
Morris will fill one of the reserve berths for the Tigers alongside Michal Rajkowski - but Grajczonek doesn't expect the pair to stay at the bottom end for long.
Asked for his opinion on Glasgow's hopes for the new season, he said: "I think we could be well up the table by the end of the year providing we avoid injuries.
"You have to look at when Nick or Raj come out of reserve - which one of us is going to drop down because they are not going to be there all year I can guarantee that.
"We know what Nick and Raj are capable of and if they come out of reserve it's going to be either Joe, Theo, Grievesy or me who is going down.
"I have been practicing a lot with Nick since we got back and I think he will do great this year.
"Just looking at him, he has got a lot taller and can handle the bike a lot better."