Jason Garrity insists he can put memories of his Owlerton horror crash behind him when he makes his Tigers debut tonight.
The talented British youngster has been signed to ease the club’s injury crisis and returns to the scene of his crash almost two years ago when he suffered a broken leg riding for Rye House.
He replaces David Bellego in the side for the visit of Somerset, one of the league’s hotly tipped sides.
“Yes, I remember it well, I broke my leg here at Sheffield but I have to forget about that and put it behind me, I’ve come back well,” Garrity said.
“I have learnt from that and feel as though I’m a better rider, so in an ironic way I’m glad that happened because it made me think and learn from it.
“You don’t want to make the same mistake again – it helps when you don’t turn right out the start!”
Garrity has thanked sponsors, PBHS, and the Sheffield management for handing him the chance to race for the Sheffield Window Centre side.
“My thanks to PBHS for getting involved and helping this move happen, the same with everyone at Sheffield, it’s a great track and a fabulous stadium and I’m delighted with the arrangement,” he said.
“I hope I can continue scoring points, I’ve been training a lot and working hard off the track and I hope I can go straight in and do the job for Sheffield because I want to show what I can do. I’m just pleased to be having more rides and a Premier League spot at one of the best clubs in the country.”
Sheffield have booked Craig Cook as cover for Stead with Garrity taking Bellego’s place.
Somerset include Leigh Lanham, who rode for the club last season, and Josh Grajczonek won the Elite League title with Poole last year.
Sheffield: Craig Cooke, Andre Compton, Ashley Birks, Jason Garrity, Ty Proctor, Josh Bates, Arthur Sissis.
Somerset: Josh Grajczonek, Leigh Lanham, Richie Worrall, Charles Wright, Brady Kurtz, Paul Starke, Benji Compton.