SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Excited Koppe can’t wait to fulfill lifelong ambition

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SHEFFIELD new boy Damien Koppe is looking forward to fulfilling a lifelong ambition at Owlerton next year.

The Aussie racer was announced as the Tigers second signing for 2013 yesterday and will line up on a five-point average.

After flirting with British speedway for a couple of years now, the likeable 24-year-old admits he cannot wait to get started next season.

He said: “I’m just really excited. I’ve wanted to do it my whole life and now I have the chance to fulfill my dream. I came over earlier in the year to try and ride as much as I could for the end of the 2012 season with an aim to try and get a ride for next year.

“Sheffield is one of the places I rode in second-halves and I got in contact with Neil (Machin) to see what the deal was for 2013. We spoke about things and we came to a deal.”

Koppe is a trades mechanic back in Australia and soon found himself a job in England, and he and his girlfriend have set-up home in Leeds.Despite finding full-time work, Koppe insists speedway is his priority, saying: “I was completely up front with my work from the start and they’ve been great with me.

“They’re really supportive and they know that come March, I am going to need a bit of time-off to ride speedway. Speedway is number one, it always has been.”