Speedway: New Tigers challenge excites Screen

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Joe Screen has thanked Sheffield for keeping him involved in speedway after ending his riding career last year.

The former British Champion is entering his first job in management after the new consortium taking charge at Owlerton made their move before Christmas.

And he’s thrilled to stay in a sport he loves having started as a schoolboy racer at Belle Vue in 1988.

Screen said: “I want to thank Sheffield for keeping me involved in the sport. Speedway is a sport I love and I would have been sad to leave it.

“When I retired, initially I had an open mind on things and it looked at one stage as though I was going to be working with a rider, but that didn’t work out for various reasons.

“When the call came from Sheffield, I was really pleased and it means I stay in speedway which is great for me.

“I’m only recently retired too so I can relate to the riders and I’m really excited by the challenge ahead.”

Screen will put his riders through their paces at Owlerton this Thursday when the club host their press and practice session from 4.30pm.

He said: “I’ve already seen some of the lads in practice at Scunthorpe and we’ve had a couple of really good sessions.

“But I’m looking forward to seeing them at Owlerton on Thursday, it will be good to get all the lads together on our own circuit.”