Tigers reserve is back in the saddle after Australian horror crash

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TIGERS’ star Joe Haines has said it’s “time to move on” as he looks to start afresh after a tough 2011 campaign.

The Bolton racer will line up at reserve for the Owlerton side after representing five clubs in 2011, where he struggled for form after suffering horrendous injuries in a pre-season crash in Australia. Haines, a former British U21 champion, broke his shoulder in six places, fractured seven ribs, his collarbone, punctured a lung and cracked seven bones in his back.

However, he battled back and now insists he’s raring to go. He said: “I need to start banging some points in. I need to move on from everything that happened last year. I feel perfectly fit and healthy now but obviously I’ll have to see how I feel after the first meeting. I’m looking forward to getting on with it now though.”

The Tigers have built their side around having strength all the way through the team, and Haines is delighted that club bosses have given him a chance to recapture his old form. He said: “I got a call in the Winter from Neil Machin and they asked me whether I’d be interested and I was really keen. Obviously I want to get out of reserve as quickly as I can and get back to where I was before the injuries. I want to have a really solid season and perhaps do something individually as well as doing it with Sheffield.

“I’ve been around a while now so I know most of the boys in the team and everyone gets on well. I think we look pretty strong all the way through, but we’ll see. I’m just looking forward to getting back on the track and doing my best for the team.”

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