All change at Owlerton after ‘difficult’ season

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SHEFFIELD could be looking at a dramatic change of race night as they look to bounce back from a difficult season.

Club co-promoter David Hoggart has admitted the Premier League in general is struggling after a tough season at the turnstiles coupled with spiralling costs.

Tigers have been no different and Hoggart says the priority now has to be winning back the fans who stayed away after a combination of poor performances and the dreadful weather.

He said: “We may even look at the Thursday race night because we realise it may no longer be the best night for everyone.

“We want to encourage youngsters to come and support the Tigers every week and we have a meeting with our landlords very soon to discuss many aspects of the business.

“There are also a lot of Premier League riders who double up with Elite League clubs and Thursday night is busy in the Elite League. We are looking at keeping costs under control and that includes rider wages, so if we can look at avoiding clashes with Elite League dates it may help us in our talks.

“This is only something we are looking at and we may take it a stage further but it’s very early stages for us right now.

“We also noticed when Redcar opened on a Thursday we lost a hefty number of supporters from north of the M62, so a change of race night may just allow fans to go to both tracks.

“We’re open minded on everything.

“The Premier League has a major issue to deal with right now because it’s been a bad year financially for most clubs and now is the time to be proactive to try and change things, turn things around.”