Joe ready to do the dirty work for Tigers

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Joe Screen has vowed to be a hands-on manager of Sheffield Tigers this season.

The former British Champion, who quit racing last season after a glittering career, says he wants to focus on working closely with riders in a coaching capacity – as well as brushing up on the rulebook.

And Screen says he is happy to get his hands dirty on a race night if members of his team need help in the pits.

“I’ve always been a hard worker in speedway and always got my hands dirty when needed,” said the former Bradford and Belle Vue star.

“And I will continue to do so as a manager, I have no problem with that. I want to work with the lads and if there is something they need help with on their bike I will be happy to give them my opinion.

“I know the rulebook is complicated at times, but for me a big part of management is working closely with the lads, making sure they have respect for you and helping them along the way.

“We have a talented group of lads and I think the team spirit will be fine. We’re all getting together next week for the press and practice, and I’m confident we will get along great.

“I’m looking forward to working with the younger lads like Josh Bates; he reminds me of when I was first starting out and I think I can offer him some help. And me and Simon Stead have always got on great, it’s good to have him as skipper .

“It’s a new chapter in my life and I’m pleased to be at a club like Sheffield. The new people seem nice guys and I’m sure the supporters are in for an exciting season.”

New Tigers signing Taylor Poole will line up in the opening meeting of the Owlerton season. Poole, who jetted back into the UK from his Australian base over the weekend, will link up with the remainder of the top five from the revamped Sheffield side for the Air Fence Fund Bonanza on Thursday, March 27 (7.45).

He will be joined by fellow countryman Cameron Woodward, who is once again riding for Elite League Eastbourne this season.

Season ticket holders will be offered a £5 discount on admission for the meeting.