Compton praises Sheffield Tigers’ team of fighters

Andre Compton, who first rode for Tigers in 1998. Photo: Andy Garner
Andre Compton, who first rode for Tigers in 1998. Photo: Andy Garner
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Andre Compton has described Sheffield as a team of fighters.

Compton, who first raced for the club in 1998, is the veteran of the side and is trying to make his experience count.

And he admits it’s been a test of character for the team after the early season injuries to Simon Stead and David Bellego, plus the visa controversy which saw Ty Proctor sent home to Australia.

He said: “It’s been a bit frustrating because of all the injuries we’ve had.

“We made a fantastic start and that had a lot to do with our team sprit and the fact that we were functioning well as a group.

“We’ve had some guests who’ve done an outstanding job at No 1, but having a different person with you every week can upset the balance and isn’t ideal.

“But we have a team of fighters who will give it everything they’ve got and nobody can ask for more.

“I’d like to think I’m steadily improving and I’m pretty happy with how things have been going.

“We’ve got some younger, less experienced riders and I always try and help them.”

Stead is due to see his specialist today for an update on his arm and leg injuries but is maintaining a positive attitude.

Bellego made a welcome return to the side in the hard-fought win over Glasgow and Jason Garrity has kept his place for the remainder of the season after winning the hearts of Sheffield fans.

Tigers are not racing this week with the Speedway World Cup on TV on Thursday.