Sheffield Tigers: Make Owlerton a hostile venue

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DAVID Hoggart wants to see Owlerton become a fortress for Sheffield in the 2013 season.

A good home record will give his side ever chance of pushing for a play-off place by September, he said.

The return of Simon Stead gives Tigers plenty of firepower and the Great Britain World Cup star is expected to be invincible on home shale.

“We have to make Owlerton the kind of place where visiting riders don’t enjoy riding,” said Hoggart. “That’s how it once was here but sadly we lost at home too often last year. This is our chance to start with a clean sheet and try and win all our home meetings. It will take some of the younger lads a bit of time to settle in but once they get going I feel confident we can be hard to beat at home.

“The cornerstone of any team is a good home record and I’m hoping we can achieve that. I also feel we can spring a surprise away from home on occasions and we could be the surprise team in the league. I’ve been speaking to several clubs recently and a lot of them have like the balance of the Sheffield team.

“The key will be how long it takes for the new guys like Albin, Koppe and Knight to settle in and find their feet in the Premier League. We have the League Cup to think about before we launch our league programme and it would be nice to progress from our group.”