Busy Thursdays hit Tigers

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Sheffield manager David Hoggart has revealed the club’s frustration at failing to bring in new riders.

The Tigers’ season has been ravaged by injuries and they are currently missing four of their starting line-up, as Joe Haines has retired, but their search for replacements has proved fruitless so far.

Hoggart insists it’s not for the want of trying, as the club’s management

have spent countless hours trying to find the missing pieces of the jigsaw.

He said: “Our biggest problem is the Thursday night race-night, every rider we have looked at has had some sort of fixture clash. Thursday’s are so busy, not just in England but in Sweden too, and that rules out a lot of riders.

“We’ve got to find the right people.

“We won’t be signing people if they’re going to miss meetings for us, so it’s a lot more difficult than people think. But we have been trying and we still are, but there are just an awful lot of things to consider.”

Although the Tigers are currently operating with just three of their regular seven riders, they have a bit of flexibility in what guest riders they can bring


“With Simon [Stead’s] average being so high there are only three riders in the league we can’t use for him, and that gives us a fair choice of replacements,” said Hoggart.

“Rider replacement for Adam Roynon means we can use everyone in the team for his rides so we aren’t completely restricted.”

Meanwhile, the Tigers boss also revealed how Damien Koppe is awaiting the results of a recent scan on his injured knee as he remains sidelined.

Tigers have a clear week now ahead of next Thursday’s Premier League clash with Ipswich at Owlerton.