Sheffield star Arthur Sissis admits he found his return to speedway tougher than expected as the club prepare to bring the curtain down on the 2015 campaign.
Tigers will host their end of season party at Hillsborough’s 1867 suite on Friday (7.30) with a big turnout expected to wrap up an eventful year.
Sissis, 20, will be there before going home to Australia. The former Moto3 racer enjoyed a promising start to his senior career in the shale sport before seeing his campaign cut short by a shoulder injury suffered after he had bagged a career-best 13+1 point haul against Berwick in August.
However, he says the challenge of returning to the sport after five years away proved more difficult than expected. Sissis said: “I didn’t think it was going to be as hard as it was and the first few meetings were a bit of a wake-up call. I knew straight away I had a lot of work to do, and towards the end of the season I felt like I was moving in the right direction.
“I was getting some decent scores before I got injured, but unfortunately that crash just came at a really bad time just as my form was starting to pick up and that was a big blow.
“Hopefully I’ll be given the chance to come back next year and continue improving. I’ll be working hard and trying to get plenty of time on the bike during the off-season back in Australia.
“I’ve enjoyed riding for Sheffield and I’d love to have the chance to come back, and after the experience I’ve gained and the stuff I’ve learnt this year I’d like to think I could do much better.”
Admission to Friday’s event will be available on the door or by emailing the club through the website.