Bates’ Elite-style form can boost Tigers

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Tigers youngster Josh Bates is back on the radar of Elite League clubs after a string of impressive displays.

Bates, who was in line for a place with Swindon before Sheffield wanted him, won the British Under-21 title last month and notched an impressive nine points in the world championship at the weekend.

He is clearly improving with every meeting and would welcome the opportunity to ride in a reserve spot at the top level.

He was linked with a return to Swindon last week – but this was ruled out as his home meetings for the Robins clashed with Tigers and he would have only been able to do away meetings for them.

Now other clubs are keeping a close eye on his progress and he looks to continue impressing when Scunthorpe visit Owlerton on Thursday.

Said Bates: “I’m really enjoying my speedway but I’m just trying to keep my head down and get on with my racing, both for Sheffield and Mildenhall in the National League.

“It’s been an enjoyable season so far and I’m really pleased with the way things are progressing for me. I just want to keep providing plenty of points for Sheffield.

“I was delighted to join Sheffield as a local lad and I will keep giving it my best.”

Tigers look to kick-start their Premier League campaign when rivals Scunthorpe come to town.

And they’ve been warned to be on their guard after the Scorpions won at Owlerton in their League Cup visit in April.

Skipper Simon Stead said: “It will be good to get back into action and hopefully we can get three league points on the board.

“We have to show we have learnt from our mistakes when we faced them on a difficult night in the League Cup.

“But the team is looking good and hopefully Ty Proctor will settle in quickly and we can win meetings regularly.

“We have the makings of a top team and if we can find some consistency I reckon we will be a tough team to beat for anyone.”