Eric can’t persuade rider to stay

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ERIC Boocock fully understands why Tigers hero Shane Parker is heading for Australia this winter.

Parker has been a superb addition to the club and starts this Sunday’s Premier League Riders’ Championship as one of the favourites on his home track.

Throughout the season he’s been asked to reconsider his decision to retire from the sport he’s graced for 20 years.

Tigers boss Boocock says: “I’ve tried to talk him out of it but he’s sticking to his guns. He wants to go out on top and I understand him because I got out of speedway when I was on a 10-point average, I’d had enough and there was no-one who was going to talk me out of it. I was only 30 when I quit and I know what he’s feeling like. It was just getting so routine for me. I’d get changed, ride, go home, go to bed, strip the bike down, wash everything and rebuild it. Everything was just the same and it was full-on.

“Shane is taking into consideration what his family wants.

“He’s been a pleasure to work with at Sheffield. You never hear him bleat and Shane has had a wonderful finale. It’s just a shame it’s coming to an end.”

Sheffield have two representatives in Sunday’s plum event, which is sure to attract fans from throughout the country to Owlerton. Skipper Ricky Ashworth has also qualified and is looking for a second crown having won the title two years ago.