SPEEDWAY: Tigers unhappy with no-show

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NEIL MACHIN says there is growing concern over the lack of availability of his number one. Josef Franc.

Czech international Franc missed both of the Tigers’ fixtures last week due to international commitments, riding for his country at the Speedway World Cup on Thursday and then in a re-arranged World Longtrack event on Saturday.

Although Sheffield accepted that the Thursday clash was unavoidable, Franc was not expected to miss the trip to Berwick on Saturday, a place where he normally has some of his best meetings of the season.

And now owner Machin has spoken of his frustration: “Josef just has too many commitments and because of that I don’t see many Premier League sides wanting to employ him next year.

“He has to choose what he wants to do, whether it’s league racing over here or being in other events, such as the World Longtrack.

“At the moment he’s missing too many meetings and the one bloke we needed in our team against Scunny and at Berwick was Josef. It is affecting our season not having him around all the time.

“We knew when we employed Josef that he had a lot of other commitments but we had worked a fixture list where he would miss a very small amount of meetings, as you would expect us to do.

“The bad weather we’ve had though has forced us to call off a lot of meetings and it has made it near-impossible for us to reschedule meetings because we know he won’t be available, and you can’t arrange fixtures where you know your number one rider will be missing.”

“It’s not an ideal situation and it is just another problem that has been thrown up by the inclement weather conditions we have had so far this year.”