Speedway: Tigers vow to fight Morris claim

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Tigers bosses have vowed to co-operate with the British Speedway Promoters’ Association after Elite League Swindon accused them of making an approach for Nick Morris.

Robins chief Alun Rossiter made the allegation in a statement on the club’s official website and Sheffield co-promoter David Hoggart, who was angered by the statement, says he will answer any questions asked of the club.

“Swindon have made a serious allegation against us,” said Hoggart. “Now I would urge them to come forward with evidence to back up their claims.

“We will co-operate with the British Speedway Promoters’ Association if we are asked to answer any questions on the matter. I have to say I am not aware of any members of the new consortium who have agreed to take control of Sheffield Speedway making an approach to Nick Morris.

“Any future dealings on this matter will be done through the British Speedway Promoters’ Association because of the serious nature of the allegations from Swindon against the club.”

Rossiter, one of the favourites to land the Great Britain manager role for the new season, says Swindon will refer the matter to the Association.

He said: “It is quite clear that a member of the new Sheffield consortium has made an approach to the Nick Morris camp, despite us underlining the fact that we already have an agreement in place.

“If Nick leaves Swindon it will be a smack in the face for everyone who has shown their faith in him and the investment the club made in him.

“It means we may well have to revisit our team plans and go in a completely different direction. As a club we have to keep our options open and the club will be taking the matter up at the forthcoming General Council meeting.

“This is a regrettable situation and one we, as a club, do not deserve to have on our plate.”