Sheffield Tigers: Mature Compton seeks Tigers success

Tigers rider Andre Compton.
Tigers rider Andre Compton.
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Veteran star Andre Compton has vowed to roar out of a reserve berth in double-quick time.

The 36-year-old club legend makes his return to Owlerton at the bottom-end of the new-look Sheffield order.

Compton, who came out of retirement during last year with rock-bottom Glasgow, starts the new Premier League campaign on a bargain 4.36 average.

And the two-time title-winner is determined to quickly boost that figure as the Tigers get ready to roar following a winter of change that has seen a takeover from a consortium made up of Damien Bates, Peter Mole and Simon Parker.

Compton said: “It was always going to be tough for me to come back into speedway halfway through last season after three years out of the sport. Glasgow is a great club with a lot of great people, but being part of a team getting hammered consistently home and away was very difficult.

“I’m expecting big things from myself this season and I certainly don’t see myself as a reserve.

“The last time I was riding at reserve must have been getting on for 20 years ago.

“My aim is to get back into the main body of the team as soon as possible and put a few points on my average. It is nowhere near where I feel it should be.”

Compton, number one Simon Stead and Leigh Lanham provide the experience in a Tigers team which mixes the old (in the nicest possible way) and the new.

Brits Adam Roynon and Josh Bates, Danish prospect Simon Nielsen and Aussie recruit Taylor Poole complete the Sheffield septet.

Compton added: “Myself and Simon have been around Sheffield for years and I’m really looking forward to being in the same team as Leigh, who is a great bloke, while I feel Taylor could be a really exciting signing.”