Auty talks on hold until end of the season

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TIGERS will wait until the end of the season to talk to talented youngster Josh Auty about his future plans.

Auty, who has suffered an injury-ravaged campaign, has still done enough to show fine progress this year and he is currently doubling-up with Elite League Coventry. The Bees will always have first call on his services because he is one of their assets and he has scored well for them in recent weeks.

Sheffield owner Neil Machin says he doesn’t know whether Auty will want more of the same next season or look for a full-time move into the top flight.

He said: “It’s too early to say what Josh wants to do and to be honest I want to give him every opportunity to focus on the remainder of this season because there are a lot of big meetings ahead.

“We don’t want any distractions because we are chasing the Premier League title and that’s what we have to concentrate on. However, I would like to think that if Josh is riding in the Premier League again next season it will be with Sheffield because I can’t believe he would want to go anywhere else.

“He’s done well this season considering all his injuries, to suffer a broken ankle in June and then come back so quickly is a fine effort.

“You can only admire him for his determination and courage.”

Auty and the rest of the Tigers have a night off tomorrow as Owlerton hosts a bumper night of National League racing. The combined Scunthorpe/Sheffield side face the Isle of Wight at 7pm followed immediately by Belle Vue in a double header with normal admission prices.