Sheffield Tigers 55, Rye House 37: Nicolai Klindt steps in as Tigers push for a play-off place

Josh Bates leads Luke Bowen and Danny Maassen in heat two
Josh Bates leads Luke Bowen and Danny Maassen in heat two
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Nicolai Klindt has agreed a deal to step in for injured Andre Compton at Sheffield.

He was unveiled to fans by club co-owner Damien Bates at last night’s Premier League clash with Rye House.

Compton is out for the foreseeable future with wrist injuries, so eager Tigers chiefs, keen to keep their play-off push on target, have pounced for Danish ace Klindt.

Klindt has represented his country at the top level and is a Wolverhampton asset after joining the club in 2009.

Now he will make his Tigers debut at Workington on Saturday with a view to keeping his place for the rest of the season.

He said: “I’ve been talking to Sheffield on and off for a while, but it came as a surprise to me on Wednesday when they called me out of the blue.

“I’m really excited about joining Sheffield, they are a very professionally run club and despite all their injury problems they’ve had a really good season.

“I’ve been out myself for a couple of months so this is something I need, more racing, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Klindt will join a Sheffield side who are looking good for an end-of-season play-off place despite their well documented team injuries in 2015.

Tigers eased to an easy 55-37 win last night to make it 10 home meetings unbeaten in all competitions.

Sheffield conceded an early 5-1 in the opening race after guest Brady Kurtz crashed out, but that was to be one of only two setbacks all night in a dominating display.

Although Premier League debutant Paco Castagna endured a tough meeting, it was a solid, whole-team performance from his colleagues.

In-form reserve Josh Bates continued his remarkable home run as he top-scored for the Tigers on another confidence boosting night for Jack Lee’s men.

n Sheffield 55: Josh Bates 16, David Bellego 11+2, Brady Kurtz 11, Jason Garrity 8+1, Arthur Sissis 7+1, Paco Castagna 2, Andre Compton R/R.

n Rye House 37: Nikolaj B. Jakobsen 12+1, Josh Grajczonek 11, Robin Aspegren 8+1, Luke Bowen 3+2, Kasper Lykke 2, Danny Maassen 1+1, Anders Mellgren R/R.