Tigers can’t take win for granted

SHANE PARKER
SHANE PARKER
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NEW Tigers signing Shane Parker has set his sights high ahead of tonight’s Steel Town Trophy tie with Scunthorpe at Owlerton (7.45).

Parker, 41, will bow out of the sport at the end of the season and return home to Australia with his family after a glittering 22-year career.

But not before he has some serious business to do with the Tigers, both on an individual basis and with the team.

“It’s a whole new beginning for me but I want to go out on a high” he said.

“My average last year was nowhere where I wanted it to be, I was on 7.95 which I think is the lowest average I’ve ever had, but there were a couple of reasons for that.

”My goal is a 9-point average and on top of that I’ve got a hell of a lot to race for this year! I’m excited about it, there have been years where you lose a bit of enthusiasm, but this year is different and I will put 100 per cent effort in and I want to go out on a high.”

Tigers hold a 47-43 lead over the Scorpions from the first leg of the tie at the Eddie Wright Raceway last Friday.

But Parker is warning that the visitors will be a different side when they arrive at Owlerton.

He said: “They’ve had a meeting under their belt with the new silencers now, we were fresh from a home meeting the night before so we had that advantage over them.

“We can’t take them for granted and from our point of view it’s another opportunity to get in some important laps before the start of the league programme at Rye House on Saturday.

“It would be nice to get a win under our belt and go to Rye House in good shape to get something from our opening league meeting.”

Tigers are likely to be without Argentinian ace Emiliano Sanchez tonight as he is still recovering from muscle damage in his shoulder sustained in last Thursday’s opening night clash with Belle Vue.

He is also struggling to be fit for the Rye House meeting on Saturday but the other injury worry, skipper Ricky Ashworth, will take his place in the side.