Sheffield Tigers: Proctor Ty-ed down at last by Tigers

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Sheffield last night completed the signing of Ty Proctor for the rest of the season.

And at the same time Adam Roynon, who left the club last week, joined Plymouth after extensive efforts by Sheffield bosses to fix him up elsewhere.

Tigers had already named Proctor in their side for the clash with Berwick at Owlerton which, ironically, was washed out. The move ends almost two weeks of uncertainty over Proctor’s inclusion at Owlerton after he replaced Roynon.

The former Redcar and Plymouth man was set to make his debut last night but heavy rain left the track waterlogged - no new date was announced.

Tigers co-promoter Damien Bates has spent the last week trying to resolve the Proctor matter but it was only yesterday when a firm decision was made after the top-level talks.

Had the move been rejected it would have been a second big blow to Proctor who was ditched by Premier League Somerset at the start of the season before a wheel was turned. He was replaced by Nick Morris in the Rebels line-up despite spending a significant sum on mechanical set-up to ride with the Oak Tree Arena side.

And Proctor, who lives in Sheffield, has already made similar preparations to line-up for the Owlerton club after agreeing a deal last week. He will now make his debut at Workington on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Tigers teenage ace Josh Bates rides in the biggest meeting of his career at Leicestertomorrow.

Bates, who won the British Under 21 title at Cradley last month, now rides as a GB representative in the world under-21 qualifier.

And he insists he will go there to enjoy the experience against some of the top young stars in the world.

He said: “It’s a massive line-up and I know how tough it will be, but we will just see what we can do and try and enjoy the night.”

Denmark’s Mikkel Bech is hot favourite to win the meeting and other front runners are expected to be Australian Max Fricke, Lasse Bjerre ofDenmark and Swedish star Jacob Thorssell.