SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Search launched to replace injured Danish ace Klaus Jakobsen

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owner Neil Machin hopes to have a new face in the Sheffield Tigers side next week to replace the injured Klaus Jakobsen.

Jakobsen, as revealed in Wednesday’s Star, is facing an extended spell on the sidelines with suspected nerve damage and it is currently unknown how long he will be out for.

With that in mind the Tigers management have decided to seek a replacement, but Machin is disappointed to lose his winter recruit.

He said: “We are devastated at Klaus’ situation because he was an absolutely integral part of the side we put together. The way we built the team was so that we would have a powerhouse reserve pairing and Klaus is part of that, so to lose him is extremely disappointing.

“We can’t survive on inferior guests, however, and we are looking at possible replacements. We saw at Ipswich that we missed someone at the bottom to bang in some points and we would have got a point at both tracks had we got that. We don’t expect to have anyone ready for Newcastle on Sunday but our target is to have a new signing in place for our meeting with Redcar next week.”

The Tigers have around five and a half points to plug the gap, but Machin and his management team know they have to select their new man very carefully.

“There are many aspects to consider, obviously the average has to fit but they also need to be the right character for the team.

“We don’t want someone just to fill a gap, we want someone who will fit in with the team and contribute both on and off the track.

“We are burning the midnight oil trying to find the right man, and hopefully we will be able to announce something shortly.”