Joshn Bates - speedway’s busiest rider?

Josh Bates - busy man
Josh Bates - busy man
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Josh Bates is set for a hectic spell riding in all three leagues.

The Sheffield youngster has agreed to link up with National League Birmingham on a short term basis as cover for injured skipper Tom Perry.

It means he will combine his Brummies duties with the Tigers and Elite League Wolverhampton for the next few weeks as Perry recovers from a broken bone in his hand.

Birmingham boss Graham Drury said: “Josh is a rider who first came on the scene as part of Mildenhall’s dominant 2012 side and I’ve watched him develop as a rider ever since. He’s made good progress since then; he was crowned British U21 Champion last year and is also spending his second season as an Elite League Fast Track reserve.

“Josh covers everything we want at Birmingham; he’s keen, enthusiastic and most importantly he’s a talented, young rider.

“He’s got plenty of laps under his belt this year with both Sheffield in the Premier League and Wolverhampton in the Elite League and I’d like to thank the management and promotion of both of those clubs for their help.

“Josh should take his place at No.5 at King’s Lynn tomorrow; we’re just awaiting the final green light from the BSPA but I don’t anticipate any problems.

“I would like to stress that this is a temporary signing no matter how well Josh does for us over the next few meetings. As soon as Tom is ready to race again, he will be straight back in our line-up.”

Bates will be back in action for Sheffield when they face Berwick at Owlerton on Thursday in more Premier League action.