Sheffield Tigers will splash the cash

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Sheffield bosses have vowed to invest in the team if the right riders become available.

Co-promoter Peter Mole admits they paid the price for a late start in team-building after the takeover last winter. Now they will be looking to start on a level with rival clubs for 2015.

Writing in the programme for tomorrow’s home Premier League clash with Ipswich, Mole makes it clear how ambitious the management are.

He said: “There is a lot of racing still to come this year and we want as many points to finish as high as we can in the league, but also our thoughts start to turn to next year. We shall start on a level playing field with other teams this time around. As a club we want to be on a sound financial footing, so will be looking to build up our list of rider assets. This is an area where Sheffield has been lacking slightly in recent years. The more assets a club uses, the less the loan fees involved; also it can bring much needed revenue into the club should those riders ply their trade elsewhere.

“It has always been part of our business plan to improve this situation and increase the asset base of the club.”

Tigers are still sweating on the fitness of both Leigh Lanham and Andre Compton ahead of the Ipswich meeting.

Boss Joe Screen may be forced to call on a guest rider once again although the signing of Nico Covatti and the return of Josh Bates at reserve has been a major boost.

Lanham had a morning of intensive treatment in his back yesterday after suffering soft tissue damage over a month ago.