JOSH Auty is one of the most spectacular riders in British Speedway according to Tigers boss David Hoggart.
Auty was a from favourite with Tigers fans during his time at the club and he returns to Owlerton on Thursday with Elite League Birmingham for the opening night of the season.
The West Yorkshireman is known for his battling performances as he is not the quickest away from the starts.
Said Hoggart: “Josh is always great to watch and he is one of the most spectacular riders in this country.
“We certainly enjoyed having him in our team for a couple of seasons and I think we helped him develop his career.
“He’s made good progress in the Elite League with Birmingham and it was no surprise when they wanted him back. He will be a tough rider to beat around our place on Thursday night.
“Birmingham have labelled themselves a team of entertainers and when you add guys like Ben Barker into the mix you can see why.
“It’s going to be a good way for us to get our season underway and we know it will be hard to beat them, but we will be giving them a run for their money around our track.
“They are a team packed full of Elite League riders but we invited them to open our season because we wanted to give our supporters a great night of racing to start the campaign.
“We are now putting all our efforts into getting the track ready after all the snow we had. We have great track staff here at Sheffield and hopefully we will get the meeting on.”