Rider quits Owlerton in search of ‘silverware’

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JOSH Auty has broken his silence on his plans for the 2012 season after agreeing a deal to double-up between Scunthorpe and Birmingham.

Auty was a favourite with Tigers fans but had made it clear he was looking for a change of track at both Premier and Elite League level. Now he’s been unveiled as Birmingham’s latest signing in the top flight and will share his fixtures with the Scorpions. Auty’s move from Owlerton caused a breakdown in the relationship between the respective club chiefs.

Sheffield owner Neil Machin made a late bid to tempt Auty back. But the West Yorks-based youngster now knows his future finalised at both levels of the sport.

Auty said: “I’m pleased the way it’s shaping up for the new season. I’m happy to return to Scunthorpe and the move to Birmingham presents an exciting new challenges in the Elite League. There’s so much ambition at both my clubs, I have a great chance of winning some silverware.

Sheffield are two riders short of completing their line-up for the new season with Simon Lambert completing a move to Leicester, claiming a lack of communication from Sheffield management. But Tigers promoter David Hoggart said: “I have a series of text messages on my phone between myself and Simon which proves we’ve been in dialogue.”