Gutsy Auty targets top three finish

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JOSH Auty has revealed how he is riding through the pain barrier in a bid to help Sheffield to Premier League glory.

The gritty youngster suffered a broken ankle three months ago and he admits he is still struggling to reach full fitness. His scores have been solid since he returned from the injury but he says it will take another few weeks before he regains full and proper movement in the ankle.

He said: “My racing is going okay I suppose, my scores have been steady so I feel happy enough with that.

“But my ankle is still not right and I reckon I’m still about a month away from being fully fit. It’s tough but I will continue to give my best for Sheffield in every meeting.

“Hopefully we can finish in the top three because we want to improve on last season.

“We won’t give up fighting for the top spot until it’s mathematically impossible although of course Glasgow are the favourites for the title now.”

And Auty admits the Premier League Riders’ Championship at Owlerton on September 25 isn’t top of his priority list right now.

He said: “I’m not that desperate to finish in the PLRC because with the amount of problems I’ve had this year I’m pretty happy just to be maintaining an eight point average in the Premier League.”