Injury-hit Sheffield Tigers eye new blood

Options open: Neil Machin
Options open: Neil Machin
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TIGERS bosses have admitted they will make a new signing if the right rider becomes available, in a bid to get their play-off push back on track.

The Owlerton side lost both of their meetings last week and are facing up to a loss of form and injury problems, with Josef Franc and Emiliano Sanche, both key members of the team, currently on the sidelines.

Reserve Chris Schramm has suffered an alarming dip in form in recent weeks and is clearly struggling for confidence but with a top-six spot still very much in sight they need to get it right – and fast.

Club owner Neil Machin says his management team are considering all options, though dipping into the transfer market at this time of year is never easy.

He said: “We are now under pressure to appraise everything, and should the right people appear that we think would do a better job than members of the current side, we have absolutely no option but to pursue it.

“We owe it to our fans to put the best possible team on track every week - that is always our target and that is no different at the moment.

“If we see that there is someone out there with more potential to help us out than what we have, we will attempt to bring them in.”

Machin never likes using injuries as an excuse, but he says they have ravaged his side this year.

“The injuries this year have been savage to us: almost everyone has had a knock at some stage and we’ve still got the two guys on the sidelines,” said Machin.

“Chris’s form is a bit of a worry, he had mechanical gremlins all night at

Workington but unfortunately we had no option but to give him second rides.

“In normal circumstances he would have probably got three, but the injuries on the night meant we really needed him to come through.

“I am not saying that there are people on the way out, but we are always looking at how we can improve the side and that is the case at the moment.”

Tigers are looking to get their Premier League campaign back on the rails when they face Edinburgh at Owlerton tomorrow (7.45pm).