Shane will stick by his retirement plans

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SHANE Parker has revealed how he should have joined Sheffield years ago.

Parker, who continued his blistering run of form with a 14-point haul at Newcastle on Sunday, is under pressure from Tigers fans to change his retirement plans at the end of the season.

And whilst the Australian admits he is loving his speedway right now, there is no way he will reverse his decision.

He said: “It’s an amazing thing really, the way it has all worked out at Sheffield, hindsight is a wonderful thing.

“I should have joined them a few years ago. That’s how I feel about it but there was a time when I didn’t have the best of relationships with the club because we weren’t seeing eye-to-eye on some things.

“There was some friction but it just shows you life is too short and we have worked together great this year.

“The team has been good and we have a lot of meetings to look forward to in September. The fixture list has been ridiculous because we’ve hardly had anything in August, the height of the summer, until our home meeting last Thursday and then Newcastle, and now we’re going into a busy month.

“Hopefully we can keep a good run of results going for the rest of the season and it would be nice for us to finish in the top three.

“People want me to stay for another year but as a family we have made our plans and that’s it.”

Parker is expected to be confirmed this week as the club’s representative in the Premier League Riders’ Championship.

The event, at Owlerton on Sunday, September 25, features the top rider from every Premier League club and the two highest scoring second placed riders which means there’s also a good chance Josh Auty could get the nod.