Speedway: Sheffield Tigers boss Damien Bates’ blast over Ty Proctor departure

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Damien Bates has paid tribute to Aussie ace Ty Proctor who has arrived back in his home country.

Tigers were rocked last week when they were told Proctor had failed to meet the criteria for a working visa and had to leave the UK.

It has left a sour taste in the mouth of club boss Bates, who says he received mixed messages over the matter.

“It’s a week down the line and I’m still fuming about it,” he said.

“As a club we were comfortable with everything. We had done everything correctly in accordance with the advice we had been given from high-ranking officials within the sport.

“It’s a disgrace, quite honestly, but there is nothing we can do about it now and the lad is now back home in Australia with his career in tatters.

“The sad part about it all is that he has done a good job for the team. He’s had his injury problems, but this season he has been in the points and doing a great job.

“To then be told he has to go back to Australia is terrible, and I feel for the lad because he’s put his heart and soul into the situation.”

Bates admits he has no option but to cast an eye towards the end of this month and a potential replacement - as well as taking a view on the Simon Stead injury situation.

“We will have to look at what options may or may not become available,” said Bates. “It’s not easy at the moment, but we will get through to the end of next week and see what we can do with the team.”

Sheffield host Edinburgh this Thursday.