Young Bates can pass Tigers’ Screen test

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Joe Screen insists Barnsley teenager Josh Bates is ready for Premier League racing.

Bates has been snapped up by Sheffield as one of their reserves for the new season after securing his release from Elite League Swindon.

And Screen, Sheffield’s new team manager, is relishing the prospect of working with the youngster. He said: “I think I can offer some good advice and coaching to Josh.

“When we first started talking about my role at Sheffield it was mainly about coaching the riders and then it snowballed into being a team manager.

“Josh is very young and has just come through the National League, but he’s got talent and ability and that’s the most important thing.He’s had Louis Carr working with him and Louis knows so much about the sport, I hope I can also contribute and help make him better.

“Riders like Simon Stead, Leigh Lanham and Andre Compton have been there and seen it all before. All I can do with them is offer my opinion on bike set-up and things like that.

“But with the younger lads like Taylor Poole, Adam Roynon and Josh Bates I would like to think I can make a difference with their career.”

Screen has been overwhelmed by the messages of support he’s received since his appointment last month.

“It’s been amazing,” he said. “I just want the season to start now because there is so much enthusiasm around the place. I can’t thank everyone enough for the kind messages I’ve received on joining Sheffield.”