Josef Czechs in for a second ride with Tigers

Big impression: Josef Franc
Big impression: Josef Franc
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JOSEF Franc is on his way back to Owlerton for a second spell with Sheffield.

The popular Czech Republic rider spent the 2010 season with the club and made a big impression with the fans before being recalled to parent club Berwick.

He scored 237 points in 31 outings for the Tigers as he helped them to the Premier League play-offs and he is hoping for something similar next year.

He said: “As soon as the opportunity came along for me to go back to Sheffield I said I wanted to do it, I had a great time there last time I rode for them. I’m really pleased with the move and we are looking like we have a pretty solid team, I am sure we can become hard to beat.”

Franc is part of a revamped Tigers side with only Hugh Skidmore and Emiliano Sanchez staying on board for 2012.

And co-promoter David Hoggart is hoping to conclude a deal with another new signing before the Christmas break.

He said: “We’re working hard to put the finishing touches to the team and we have a couple of riders in mind who could easily do the job for us.

“We are delighted to welcome ‘Pepe’ Franc back to Owlerton, he is a class act in the Premier League and we certainly feel he can go up a level from the form he showed for us last time.

“He has plenty of experience and knowledge of the Premier League tracks and I’m delighted to have him on board. During our discussions his enthusiasm for Sheffield was obvious and he made it clear from the start that Sheffield was his first choice if he wasn’t going back to Berwick.

“In Pepe and Richard Hall we have two riders who are capable of beating the very best riders in the league and we are working on another addition which we hope will fall into place in the very near future, certainly before Christmas I would like to think.”