Speedway: Compton returns to ease Tigers injury worries

Andre Compton has rejoined Sheffield Eagles.

Andre Compton has rejoined Sheffield Eagles.

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Andre Compton is on his way back to Sheffield after agreeing a new deal with the club.

Compton, who first rode for the Owlerton side in their magnificent 1999 treble winning season, came out of retirement with Glasgow in a temporary move a month ago.

Now that deal has expired Tigers have moved to take him back in place of Richard Hall and will make his return to the side in next Thursday’s home meeting with Newcastle.

Sheffield co-promoter David Hoggart said: “We are delighted to welcome Andre back to Sheffield; he has always been very popular here and a delight to deal with.

“His 28-day arrangement with Glasgow expired and we are pleased he has decided to continue his career here at Sheffield.

“It’s our opinion that Richard Hall came back too soon from his shoulder injury and became unreliable, but we wish him well in his next move.”

Meanwhile talented Australian youngster Nick Morris will race for Tigers in tonight’s Premier League clash with Leicester at Beaumont Park.

Morris, who top scored for his Elite League side Swindon on Thursday, will replace injured skipper Simon Stead who is out for the rest of the season with a broken leg.

And Hoggart believes Morris will prove to be a shrewd choice of guest rider.

He said: “He’s an excellent young rider, he has been riding as a heat-leader for Somerset and his scores for Swindon have been those of a heat-leader too - and that’s in the Elite League.

“We’ve been watching his scores and those of several riders knowing we would need to call on guests once Simon was hurt.

“Replacing Simon is impossible for what he brings all round, but we think Nick should do a good job for us.”

Stead isn’t the only absentee as Aussie reserve Damien Koppe remains sidelined with a shoulder injury, and James Sarjeant will once again step in at the bottom of the team.

Hoggart has also handed the captaincy to Adam Roynon, the newest member of the team, in Stead’s absence.

“Adam will be an excellent captain; we have no doubt about that,” he said.

*Tigers: Morris, Haines, Wells, Hall, Roynon, Sarjeant, Albin.

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