Redcar Bears captain Gary Havelock believes new signing Jason Lyons can make a big impact on his move to Teesside for the 2011 season.
Lyons, 40, left Birmingham Brummies after four years following their entry into the Elite League, to head the Bears' roster.
"We've brought in probably the league's top guy," Havelock told BBC Look North.
"He's going to be a huge asset because not only is he a fantastic rider, he's also really experienced."
The Bears have a squad with an average age of 26, although five of the seven riders are aged 23 or under, with Aaron Summers the eldest of that quintet.
Havelock added: "With myself and Jason, the rest of the team are young guys, so hopefully we can pass on a bit of our experience.
"You look at good teams in any sport, and they always have a good blend of youth and experience and I think we've got that here."
Meanwhile Redcar go into the Premier League hoping to avoid a repeat of last season's bottom of the table finish.
"It's been an overhaul of the team, we had a disastrous season last year, plagued by injuries and ended up getting the wooden spoon, which is never a good thing to do," Havelock continued.
"It was a pretty bitter pill to taste, but we've got a new team this year and it's looking good."