Local lad Nathan Greaves will fulfil a lifelong ambition when he pulls on Sheffield Tigers’ colours for the 2016 season.
The Chesterfield-based teenager was born in the city and grew up on the Owlerton terraces before spending time as the club’s mascot.
He has now been unveiled as the Tigers’ number seven for next season, joining Josh Bates as the second name on the team-sheet as they prepare to battle for Premier League glory.
Greaves, 17, is relishing the chance to ride for his hometown club, and after seeing his 2015 campaign derailed by a broken leg he is desperate to make up for lost time.
“I was born in Sheffield, I’ve been going to Owlerton since I was four years old and before that my Dad and Grandad have been watching the club,” said Greaves.
“To get the chance to ride for them is something I’ve always wanted to do. It will be a great experience to ride in front of my home fans every week and I can’t wait to get started now.
“It’s a great move for me at this stage in my short career, and I’m really pleased the Sheffield management have shown so much confidence in me even though I’m coming back from a broken leg.
“It’s been a really tough year for me, I was just starting to put in some good performances for Workington then the injury came at the worst possible time.
“It’s been a long recovery process but I’m getting there now, I just can’t wait to be back racing again.
“I’ve practised a couple of times and that has gone well, but after missing so many meetings next season can’t come quick enough and I’ll definitely be hoping to make up for the time I’ve missed.
“Like I say I was feeling better every meeting at Workington in the Premier League so hopefully I can build on that with Sheffield and have a good season to help the club do well.”