Parker bids to go out in style

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SHANE Parker says he’s never felt so confident during his glittering 20-year career.

The in-form Tigers star, who retires at the end of next month to return to Australia, has enjoyed a stunning season since switching to Owlerton in the winter.

And he is strongly fancied to lift the prestigious Premier League Riders’ Championship on his home track on Sunday September 25.

He said: “Confidence is a major factor in speedway and I’ve never felt more confident at any time in my career.

“Knowing it’s my last year I’ve just tried to relax and not put too much pressure on myself because I don’t feel I have anything to prove to anybody.

“Hopefully that form can continue this Thursday against Newcastle and we can continue pushing for the top three. As for the PLRC, it’s the biggest individual event of the year for me but I’m not making any predictions. All I can promise the Sheffield fans is that I will be doing my best, of course I’d love to win it.”

Meanwhile Sheffield have been saddened by the passing of another one of their loyal officials. Betty Wilson, who was in charge of the Owlerton Speedway Office for 16-years, passed away on Monday less than a fortnight after husband Roy.

Tigers owner Neil Machin said: “Betty worked alongside me for nearly 16 years, she added immense colour and had such a sense of order about her work, nature can be so cruel and my thoughts are very much with grandson Ben and the rest of the family and friends.”

The funerals of both Roy and Betty will take place at Grenoside Crematorium in a joint ceremony tomorrow at 12.30pm.