Poole Pirates boss Matt Ford backs Darcy Ward to bounce back after drink and drugs driving conviction
Poole Pirates boss Matt Ford believes Darcy Ward has a lot of work to do to regain people's trust after being convicted of evading police while on drink and drugs.
The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of drink and drugs, failing to stop for police, driving without a licence and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle in Australia.
Ward issued a statement of apology last week, and Ford believes it was the first step on the way to putting the incident behind him.
"I believe Darcy's personal statement to his clubs, fans and sponsors with heartfelt apologies is a step in the right direction" said Ford.
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"The fact it was such a personal note speaks volumes about his embarrassment.
"He is absolutely spot on when he says that he now has some work to do to get people's trust back in him."
The Poole Pirates begin their 2013 campaign on March 29, and Ward is once again expected to be a key performer, along with Chris Holder.
Ford has offered his support to Ward - who is happy for the FIM and the Speedway Control Board to drug test him at every speedway meeting this year.
"He is convinced that he would never endanger any racing colleague and this was mates larking around out of season and went too far" added Ford.
"At the moment all Darcy wants to do is concentrate on his full-time debut in the New Zealand Grand Prix on March 23 - but when we talked he is also desperately keen to return to the UK and get racing again.
"I get the distinct impression that he cannot wait for Good Friday when he can get back to Poole for the opening home meeting of the season.
"He wants to put this all behind him and the only way he is going to do that is by getting back to the lovable Darcy Ward who mesmerises on track and further forge that special riding relationship he has with Chris Holder."