Sheffield Tigers sign Danish star

Sheffield have made Danish hotshot Lasse Bjerre their first signing for the new Speedway Great Britain Championship.

Tuesday, 8th November 2016, 5:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:01 pm
Lasse Bjerre. Pic by Colin Poole

Bjerre, 23, switches to Owlerton from Redcar and he’s revealed how he’s landed a dream move.

Speaking from his home in Esjberg, Bjerre says he has always had an eye on riding for Sheffield at some stage in his career.

“Sheffield is my favourite track in Britain,” he said. “I have always enjoyed riding there, whether it be as a visiting rider or as a guest for Sheffield.

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“I’ve had some good meetings there in the past. I scored a maximum there once so I’m really pleased to have Sheffield as my home track for 2017.

“The management have always impressed me too. I like their ambition and their plans for the future and I’m pleased to be a part of it.

“The fans have always been good there, too. They are just an all-round good club and I’m looking forward to getting started with them.”

Bjerre, younger brother of former Grand Prix star Kenneth, has also admitted he would love a place in the newly branded Premiership – the top flight.

“I’d like to ride in two leagues in the UK,” he said. “But I appreciated it’s not always easy, it’s hard to get a team place in the top league over there.

“I just want to be busy and now I have my place with Sheffield finalised I can work on other contracts, so if I get a chance in the old Elite League in England that would be a real bonus for me.

It’s going to be an exciting season and an important one for me, I really want to kick on and take my career to the next level.”

Sheffield have already confirmed they are hoping to include teenage sensation Jack Parkinson-Blackburn on a two-point average at reserve.

They are also planning talks with Josh Bates, the nephew of club co-promoter Damien, who remains a firm favourite with the Owlerton faithful.

Bates has admitted more fresh faces are lined-up to join the club and talks are ongoing as clubs race to complete their line-ups quicker than ever with the new season still four months away.