Improving Bates bids for Tigers confidence-booster

Josh Bates has had a tough time recently. Photo: Andy Garner
Josh Bates has had a tough time recently. Photo: Andy Garner
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Josh Bates insists he’s only a couple of good rides away from a much-needed confidence boost.

The Barnsley teenager has been struggling with a series of knocks in recent weeks but still feels he is making tidy progress with Sheffield.

Now he wants to build on it and help the team during their injury problems – although French star David Bellego is likely to be back in the side for the next home match with Glasgow on June 4.

“It’s been a bit of a tough spell for me, and I haven’t been too happy the last couple of weeks but I’m sure I’ll get back on track soon,” said Bates.

“I just need a couple of good rides to build up my confidence, and if I can get back to scoring six and seven I’ll be happy.

“I’ve learnt a lot riding at Sheffield and I feel like I’m getting better all the time, so I just want to build on that.

“I’m enjoying riding with Arthur at reserve, we’ve had some good 5-1s and we always look for each other on track.

“That partnership is good, and I just want to keep learning and getting better with each meeting to do as well as I can really.

“If we can both ride well at reserve it will help the team a lot, especially whilst we have riders missing, so I want to do my bit and help the team.”

Sheffield have a rare Thursday night off this week but then head to Newcastle on Sunday for a rearranged League Cup tie.

Tigers chiefs are still considering their options with Simon Stead likely to miss the rest of the season as he recovers from a broken arm and leg.

Promoter Damien Bates admits Stead is impossible to replace and will only do so if the guest facility is no longer suitable.