Sheffield Speedway: Leigh signs in

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Leigh Lanham is excited by the challenge of joining new-look Sheffield after last night agreeing a deal to race at Owlerton this year.

And he will be joined by former Ipswich colleague Taylor Poole, the talented young Australian who is set to return to British racing subject to visa approval.

The duo join Simon Stead, Adam Roynon and Josh Bates, with the last two riders expected to follow next week.

Lanham said: “It’s a new challenge and a change of scenery for me. We want to put Sheffield back on top again. It’s a big club who have had a bad couple of years, but with the new people coming in it’s an exciting time to be involved.

“Neil Machin ran the club for years and had success there and now he’s left the club in good shape for the new owners to hopefully move things on. The riders will be doing all we can to make sure 2014 is a success.”

Lanham arrives with a wealth of experience accumulated over a 21 year career. The Ipswich-born star has proven to be a consistent performer at Premier League level and has gone close to winning the Premier Riders’ Championship at Owlerton in the past.

Sheffield co-promoter David Hoggart said: “We’re delighted with the riders we’ve signed and it shows our determination to make an impression at the head of the Premier League, which is where a club like Sheffield belongs. We already had Simon and Adam in the bag and Leigh and Taylor will be good acquisitions.”