Josh Bates aims to win fitness race for Sheffield Tigers

Josh Bates , Sheffield Tigers
Josh Bates , Sheffield Tigers
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Josh Bates has vowed to win his race to be fit for tomorrow’s Premier League battle with Glasgow at Owlerton.

Sheffield’s British U21 champion crashed in a National League outing for Mildenhall on Saturday but thankfully escaped with nothing more than bad bruising and muscle damage.

Initial fears were he may have suffered broken bones – but he is now having two physio sessions per day in a bid to get set for the visit of the Scottish Tigers.

He pulled out of Mildenhall’s Sunday meeting and also their trip to Cradley last night to give him a few extra days.

Tigers co-promoter Damien Bates said: “Josh is a determined young lad and he is desperate to race tomorrow, hence why he is having all this physio.

“He doesn’t want to miss any meetings, he’s at the early stage of his career where he’d race every day if he could.

“We have to go with the word of the rider and Josh is telling us he should be fine for tomorrow. Our supporters have taken him to their hearts already and I know there is a lot more to come from the lad.”

The weather forecast suggests Tigers will get racing on tomorrow after a horrendous series of rain-offs for the new management.

Bates said: “It’s a big night for us and I’m hoping the weather forecast proves to be correct for tomorrow because it’s a good on.

“People who have been in the sport a long time have been telling me we have had the worst luck possible at the start of a new era for the club.

“But it’s time to be positive, upbeat and look forward to some racing. We are already juggling fixtures around to catch up.”

Bates has also confirmed the club will be racing every week during this months FIFA World Cup – with games being screened throughout Owlerton.