Sheffield Tigers: New boy tipped to win over fans

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NEW signing Facundo Albin is due to land in the UK today before meeting up with Tigers boss David Hoggart at Berwick tomorrow.

The Argentinian ace, who finished runner-up to Nico Covatti in the national championships this winter, is expected to attend the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund meeting.

And Hoggart reckons that Albin can quickly make an impact with the Tigers.

The 20-year-old is expected to go in initially as second string and will square up again against Covatti when the Brummies lift the curtain on the new campaign in the Travel Plus Trophy on March 28 at Owlerton.

Hoggart said: “For Facundo to finish second in his national championships is tremendous and we’re delighted that he already looks to be on the gas. Of course, it’s a new challenge riding in the Premier League but he gets better and better with every meeting and has a lot of support behind him from Argentina.

“They even had a leaving party to see him off, which underlined how popular he is over there and it’s good for Argentinean speedway that their top two riders are now competing over here.

“Facundo will want to make an impression on day one, especially when he lines up against Covatti in our opener!

“I know some supporters have reservations about signing him, but we’re sure he’ll soon win them over.”

Tigers will have two riders in the Ben Find Bonanza on the big Berwick track tomorrow with Joe Haines a late call-up to replace the unfit James Grieves. Richard Hall is also in the field for the event which starts at 6.30pm.