Speedway: Ty Proctor back with Sheffield Tigers

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Ty Proctor will be back with Sheffield next season - after shelving thoughts of retirement.

Proctor has suffered an injury nightmare over the past two seasons and he’s revealed how he thought about quitting the sport.

But the support of Sheffield co-promoter Damien Bates and his family has persuaded him to continue on a bargain 6.27 average.

Because of his low average a host of Premier League clubs asked for permission to speak to the Australian from his parent club, Wolverhampton - but Tigers were always in the box-seat.

He said: “I’ve had a really difficult two years for various reasons, but I’m coming back hungrier than ever to try and put that behind me and show people what I’m capable of.

“I’d be lying if I said it (retiring) didn’t cross my mind over the last two years, but I’m really close to the Bates family and without their support this year I think I probably would have given it all up.

“They’ve kept me involved and kept me happy, and even though there was never any pressure on me I want to be at Sheffield next season.

“I had pretty much every team in the Premier League contact me, but I love the way Sheffield is developing and I want to be a part of that, so it was a no brainer in the end.

“We look like we have a strong team from one to seven, so we want to try and push to get into the play-offs and challenge for the title.

“I’m desperate to try and make sure I get back riding as I know I’m capable of to do my bit for the team.

“I felt like I was going in the right direction at Sheffield before I got injured again last season, so I just want to try and pick up where I left off in that regard.

“I won’t be doubling up this year, and I had to make the choice between Wolves and Sheffield in the end but I’m delighted to be at Owlerton again.

“I’m really looking forward to the new season, and I’m just focused on trying to move forward and put the last couple of years behind me.”

Tigers are expected to finalise their new team manager for the 2015 season later this week after Joe Screen stood down. The club are remaining tight-lipped on potential candidates but former chiefs Reg Wilson and Eric Boocock are not thought to be in the field.