Injury-free campaign can steer Tigers to league glory, claims Auty

New look Tigers team: From left Hugh Skidmore, Ashley Birks, Simon Lambert, Emiliano Sanchez, Shane Parker, Josh Auty, Ricky Ashworth.         Picture: Andy Garner
New look Tigers team: From left Hugh Skidmore, Ashley Birks, Simon Lambert, Emiliano Sanchez, Shane Parker, Josh Auty, Ricky Ashworth. Picture: Andy Garner
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JOSH Auty says staying injury-free could be the key to Sheffield’s chances of Premier League glory this season.

The Tigers youngster, who is set to make a strong challenge for the number one slot in the team, says the 2011 side looks good.

But the nature of the sport, where injuries happen easily because of the danger element, means anything can happen in the coming months.

Auty said: “We look good on paper, in fact, I would say we look very strong but as you know injuries can occur and ruin team’s hopes of success.

“Any successful team needs to have a little bit of luck on their side and we’re no different. We have strength in every department but one injury to a key rider and we are in trouble.

“We will just have to take every meeting as it comes and keep our fingers crossed that everyone stays fit and hopefully we can be up there in the top four.”

Auty admits he has set a few personal goals ahead of the new campaign.

He said: “I’ve set a few personal goals, in particular I want to make the World Under-21 Final having taken some time out of the GB Under-21 set-up.

“It’s given me time to reflect on my mistakes and I believe I’ve matured as a rider.

“I think I’m good enough to qualify but I will have to work hard and get the necessary results along the way.”

The Tigers, who had a pre-season press and practice session yesterday, face a hectic start to the season when they race two meetings in two days next week.

Belle Vue visit Owlerton in a mouthwatering opener next Thursday in a meeting which is labelled ‘War of the Roses’ by bosses of both clubs.