Sheffield should finalise team plans for the new season by the end of the week.
The club has been awarded their sponsorship certificate after an inspection from UKV&I – UK Visa and Immigration – so they can now move forward. Every club with non EU riders in their plans were told to surrender their certificates in January as errors had been spotted - and faced a race against time to secure riders for the new season. Ty Proctor had already agreed a deal to stay with Tigers for another season and it would be a big surprise if they don’t finalise his paperwork. Sheffield co-promoters Peter Mole and Damien Bates, along with backroom staff member Julie Reading, have satisfied UKV&I officials that all is on order.
Said Mole: “We were given the highest ranking with our inspection and the message is clear, Sheffield Speedway’s house is very much in order. It’s a blow that we cannot use the services of Taylor Poole this season - he was desperate to come back. However, he doesn’t meet the necessary criteria and we have to respect that. I’d thank UKV&I officials who have dealt with this matter professionally and we are most grateful that we have been able to get a speedy solution to the matter.”
The timing of the meeting with UKV&I when clubs were told to surrender their licences could hardly have been any worse with panic amongst many clubs so soon to the start of the new season. There does, however, seem to be a good relationship between the clubs and UKV&I with reigning Elite champions Poole and Swindon stating their certificates were in place.
Tigers are expected to make a decision on a replacement for Poole in the next few days.