New skipper Hall upbeat about Tigers’ chances

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RICHARD Hall says his appearance in the Ben Fund Bonanza meeting at Birmingham has made him even hungrier for a successful season.

Hall only managed three-points but was up against top Grand Prix stars including three-times World Champion Nicki Pedersen and didn’t disgrace himself.

Now the new Tigers skipper is desperate to get his season in full swing and he feels he has what it takes to justify his appointment as skipper.

He said: “I was quite pleased with the way it went, the most important thing for me was to be back on a bike in competitive action. It felt good and to see a big crowd like that was brilliant because we were raising money for the Benevolent Fund.

“I didn’t do anything special but in a meeting like that it’s all about getting back in the groove and making any necessary adjustments to the bike.

“I seem to have a good set-up which works for me and hopefully that will help score plenty of points throughout the season.

“I’m really excited about being captain at Sheffield, it’s a massive honour for me and I know I have to deliver the goods to justify my position.

“I have great confidence in my ability to do that and the way I felt on Sunday I know I can do the job and have a good season.

“There is no reason why Sheffield can’t have a good season, we have a solid team and I think we can surprise a few. It’s a new team and one which has loads of potential.

“If we can get off to a good start that will help us too. I can’t wait to get started with the rest of the Sheffield lads.”