Riding roster changes ahead

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NEIL Machin says winning the league title will be Sheffield’s target with a new-look team next season.

With Josh Auty heading elsewhere - possibly Scunthorpe - and Shane Parker retiring, Tigers are facing the prospect of a rebuild at the top end of their team.

And with Ricky Ashworth considering his future unless he can get more meetings by riding in the Elite League, there are question marks hanging over the 2012 Tigers line-up.

Said club owner Machin: “We have started to look at permutations but we haven’t decided which way to go yet, either with a strong top end or with solidity throughout the team.

“Of course the riders who are left from last season will come into consideration and we will sit down and talk to them, but at the moment we are a long way from being able to start naming riders.

“Hopefully things will start dropping into place shortly but there are several factors to be considered first, starting with the AGM.

“We know we have to build on the past season and our prime aim will be to go one better and win the league title.

“We were pleased to hang on to second place in the table but it was the closest of shaves in the end – just one race point was the difference. Had Ipswich got one more point at Workington in their last meeting they would have won instead of drawing and that would have relegated us to third, but we held on.”

Tigers fans can celebrate the career of Parker with a party night in the Panorama Room at Owlerton Stadium tonight. Admission is £7 to include a band and disco as well as the opportunity for autographs and pictures.