Rival rider Kyle may return to Owlerton

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NEIL Machin has refused to rule out a return to Sheffield for Kyle Legault in the future.

Legault, who started his career with Tigers, is at Owlerton tonight with Newport in a Premier League clash.

There has been speculation that the club and the rider fell out over issues three-years ago but Machin says club assets are always under consideration.

“Kyle has a burning ambition to ride at the highest level,” said Machin. “And there is nothing wrong with that.

“Injuries have stalled his progress but he is a good rider and I would never rule out having him back here at Sheffield. He will be a dangerous rider against us.

“We always try and maintain a good relationship with our club assets. We were disappointed to release Richard Hall in the winter because of the points limit but we played an active role in getting him fixed up at Leicester.

“Kyle is always welcome at Sheffield and we continue to follow his progress. It’s good to see him free from injury.”

Machin is warning Sheffield they will face a tough test against a revamped Wasps side tonight.

Sheffield are heavily tipped to be a top three team this season with an unbeaten home record the key, but Machin says nothing can be taken for granted.

He said: “I fully expect this meeting to be a real test for our riders, they cannot just arrive here expecting an easy win.

“Leigh Lanham is a class act for Newport, he scored lots of points for Belle Vue in the Elite League last season and he will enjoy riding our track.

“Joe Haines can be good for a double-figure score around here and Kyle Legault always enjoys coming back here after starting his career here.

“Newport have been very astute in the way they have put their team together and they have shown ambition to try and finish high up the table.”

n TIGERS: Shane Parker, Hugh Skidmore, Ricky Ashworth, Emiliano Sanchez, Josh Auty, Ashley Birks, Simon Lambert.

n NEWPORT: Leigh Lanham, Robin Aspegren, Joe Haines, Kyle Legault, Kim Nilsson, Mark Jones, Todd Kurtz.