Castagna praises his warm welcome at Sheffield Tigers

Paco Castagna is hoping to be in Sheffield Tigers' plans for next season
Paco Castagna is hoping to be in Sheffield Tigers' plans for next season
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Sheffield new boy Paco Castagna says he is happy and settled at Owlerton after less than a month with the club.

The talented Italian, son of former racer Armando, has shown some encouraging early signs in the handful of meetings so far.

And he’s revealed how welcome he’s been made to feel since joining the club and is already confident he is getting to grips with the specialist Owlerton circuit.

The likeable 21-year-old is now aiming to continue his development to ensure he impresses over the remainder of the campaign.

Castagna said: “After signing with Sheffield for the rest of the season my British career has got off to a great start, and I have found some great people helping me out a lot so far.

“I’m happy with how things are going and even though Sheffield is a difficult track where you need a lot of knowledge of lines, everything is coming together.

“I’m already moving in the right direction and I’m looking to finish the season in the best possible way.

“I would like to do enough here to tell the promoters to keep me in their plans for 2016, that has to be my aim.”

Tigers head to Berwick for their next Premier League meeting on Saturday and they’ve booked in-form Edinburgh man Craig Cook as a guest for injured skipper Simon Stead.

Josh Bates is taking things on a daily basis after his crash on Monday riding for Wolverhampton in their home defeat by Swindon. He has a sore shoulder and club bosses are looking at options for a potential guest replacement.