Sheffield Tigers: Todd Kurtz determined to haunt former club Somerset

Todd Kurtz is hoping to haunt his former side Somerset on Wednesday night (7.30) as Sheffield Tigers continue their charge for a play-off place.

Tuesday, 20th August 2019, 11:06 am
Updated Tuesday, 20th August 2019, 17:29 pm
Todd Kurtz. Picture: Andy Garner

The 26-year-old started the season with the Rebels before they released him last month.

But he was quickly snapped up by Tigers where he won the league in 2017.

Kurtz is now hoping he can pass on his knowledge from his time at the OakTree Arena and says his team-mates should be buzzing from the momentum they gathered in Sunday’s home win over high flying Glasgow.

“As I’ve said before the circumstances weren’t exactly ideal because when you sign for a club, you aim to see the season out with them,” Kurtz said.

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“Things happen in Speedway though and I did feel a bit unlucky because while a few of my performances for them hadn’t been too great, I also didn’t feel like I’d done too much wrong.

“They were nervous times and with time running out I was praying something else would come along.

“It was a bonus that it was Sheffield that came in for me because they’re obviously a club I know well and a place I feel really comfortable at.

“I’ve gone from trying to hold down a play-off place with Somerset to chasing the play-offs with Sheffield – so the situation isn’t actually too different.

“We know what we’ve got to do though and we know if we could get something at Somerset then that could prove to be quite a big result for us.

“I’ve obviously done the first half of the season there so I pretty much know everything that’s going on around Somerset.

“Hopefully I can pass a few hints and tips on to some of the other boys and hopefully we can all chip in because we really need a result down there.

“Anything really is still possible right now and as long as we keep believing we can make it.

“The home win over Glasgow was the sort of result and performance that the Tigers have been searching for all season.

“When I was here before we always used to get big home wins all the time and Sheffield haven’t had too many of those this year.

“But to get one against Glasgow with the season they’ve been having was good for the team and like I say, all the boys should be able to take plenty of confidence from that one.”

British Under-19 Champion Drew Kemp reverts to a more suited reserve role with Josh MacDonald elevated into the main body of the team.

SOMERSET: Nick Morris, Anders Rowe, Rory Schlein, Nico Covatti, Chris Harris, Luke Harris, Nathan Stoneman.

SHEFFIELD: Danny King, Josh MacDonald, Todd Kurtz, Justin Sedgmen, Kyle Howarth, Zaine Kennedy, Drew Kemp.