Sheffield Tigers fans told to be patient

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Sheffield Tigers are set to head into Europe to complete their team building for the 2016 season.

Club bosses have held talks to agree on their final two riders having already unveiled five previous signings - and they are aware some fans are hungry for more substantial news.

Now Tigers are set to sign at least one rider from the European Union – with the possibility of another talented British ace joining up.

Co-promoter Damien Bates said: “We are really pleased with the way the team is shaping up.

“We have had a meeting to decide on which way forward from here.

“We understand fans are keen to get some news but we have to have everything in place before we can press the button on signings” he said.

“I’m pleased with the progress we are making in talking to riders and hopefully before Christmas we can name the full team, but I can’t promise that.

“We’ve got a very strong British base in the side, in fact all five signings so far are British, but I admit we may have to cast our net further afield for one of the final signings and we know the man we want.

“We will be working hard to bring that to a conclusion in the near future. It’s an exciting time and the season is still over three months away!”

Tigers have so revealed Simon Stead, Jason Garrity, Richard Hall, Josh Bates and Nathan Greaves and fans on social media and at supporter gatherings have given them the thumbs-up.

But Bates said: “It’s great the consensus amongst fans has been positive, but the next and final two signings will be every bit as important and we cannot afford to mess it up!

“Every signing is vital and we are determined to get it right. Then we need a good piece of fortune to avoid injuries, don’t even get me started on last season!”