Speedway: Sheffield Tigers' owners hit back at rumours suggesting they've sold the club

Sheffield’s owners have hit back at the rumour machine suggesting they have struck a deal to sell the club.

Saturday, 10th August 2019, 12:00 am
Updated Monday, 12th August 2019, 2:05 pm
Damien Bates (left)

The for sale signs remain up with the consortium in charge at Owlerton looking to move on due to increasing personal and business commitments.

And they insist no formal offers have been received to take over – despite speculation suggesting otherwise on the terraces at Sunday’s home meeting with Edinburgh.

Ahead of tonight’s Championship trip to Redcar, co-promoter Damien Bates said: “People were coming up to us telling us we had sold the club which was a surprise to me!

“We can confirm we have had no formal offer from anyone. We have had people expressing an interest but that’s as far as it’s gone.

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“I really don’t understand where these stories come from. If we had sold the club we would have announced it accordingly but for now it’s business as usual and nothing has changed.”

Tigers head to Redcar looking for away points to boost their chances of making the play-offs.

“We need to win away from home somewhere over the next few fixtures,” said Bates.

“We know what a tough task it will be for the lads at Redcar because they have a powerful side now since bringing Erik Riss into the team.

“They also have the newly crowned British Champion Charles Wright in the best form of his career. We know how hard it will be but we have to win somewhere that’s for sure.”

Tigers have Drew Kemp back after international duty in the only change from the side which edged out a Sam Masters-inspired Edinburgh team on Sunday.

REDCAR: Erik Riss, Kasper Andersen, Michael Palm Toft, Jordan Stewart, Charles Wright, Tom Woolley, Nathan Greaves.

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