Leigh Lanham has vowed to offer the benefit of his experience to Sheffield’s younger riders this year.
The former Ipswich man was unveiled as a new signing for the Owlerton side last week and he admits he’s been taken aback by the welcome he’s received.
He will be looking to hold his average in a revamped Tigers side which so far sees only Simon Stead and Adam Roynon retained from last season.
Said Lanham: “I at least want to maintain my average although of course the aim is to try and put a little bit on to it ideally.
“I’m not making any big promises but obviously I want to maintain what I do and make the most of my experience because I’ve been around for a few years now.
“I’m a team man as well which does help in getting results in those tight meetings by bringing a bit extra to the team, and hopefully I can have a positive influence to help Sheffield have a great year.”
And Lanham is well aware of the troubled times Sheffield have been through over the last two seasons.
He said: “I know they’ve struggled as a team and we have to ensure we win our home meetings as a starting point.
“I’m confident we can do that with the team the management are putting together and I really can’t wait to get going now.
“The fans will be keen to see us do well after a couple of poor seasons, but they were not helped last season by Simon Stead’s injury so early in the campaign.
“I like the way the team is coming together and I really feel we have a good chance to be knocking on the door for a play-off place. I’m looking forward to the new challenge and we should have a lot of fun along the way too!”