Sheffield Tigers: Josh Grajczonek rides back to Owlerton for Premiership campaign
Josh Grajczonek is set to make an emotional return to Sheffield for their first season in the Premiership.
Aussie ace Grajczonek was a major player in the club’s 2017 Championship winning season when he made 28 appearances and carded a 9.47 average.
He won the Premiership title the following season with Poole and remained in Dorset this year.
But following Sheffield’s promotion to the top level, he has agreed terms to be back in Tigers colours.
Poole’s move down to the Championship – with Sheffield replacing them in the Premiership – saw him looking for a move.
He met up with Sheffield owners earlier this month to finalise his switch back.
“The 2017 season was obviously pretty special, winning the league title there,” he said. “I’ve always kept in touch with the Bates family and I’m pleased to get this finalised.
“It’s good to see a big club like Sheffield making the move into the Premiership and getting their Thursday race night back. The team is taking shape nicely and I’m looking forward to getting back there.”
Grajczonek joins three-time World Champion Nicki Pedersen and Kyle Howarth as a confirmed starter for the new season.
Co-promoter Damien Bates said: “Josh is a great lad and we’re pleased to welcome him back to the club.
“He did a fine job for us in our title winning season and he loves the Sheffield track. We’re really pleased to have him as a key part of the team.”
Meanwhile Sheffield have new main team sponsors for the new era.
Tru Plant, based in Suffolk, offer one of the widest ranges of plant hire and equipment available nationwide.
Tru Plant chief Guy Nicholls said: “We are delighted to be associated with such an exciting time for Sheffield – and I’m looking forward to making my first ever visit there!
“Back in the day I used to enjoy watching Doug Wyer and Reg Wilson come to Ipswich, my local track. Sheffield have always been a top division club in my eyes and I’m sure they can make a success of the move.
“I think the signing of Nicki is an inspired move, he’s some character, and it’s not only good for Sheffield but good for British Speedway.”
Bates added: “We would also like to offer our sincere thanks and appreciation to Ian Hunter and his team at Sheffield Window Centre for their loyal support down the years.”