Rumpus over Josh’s ‘switch’

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SHEFFIELD owner Neil Machin insists the club are still in talks with Josh Auty - despite Scunthorpe announcing they have signed him.

Auty, currently in Australia, said last season he wanted a move but he has spent this week talking to Machin about extending his stay at Owlerton.

And even on the day Scunthorpe made the announcement that Auty was on the way there, he revealed on Facebook: “I’m so confused at the moment. I don’t know what’s best for me!”

Machin has also taken a swipe at Scunthorpe for announcing Auty when, he claims, they didn’t have permission to even speak to the rider.

He said: “We have offered Josh terms. He’s gone away to think about it. We retain his Premier League registration and I had a chat with Colin Pratt at his parent club, Coventry, who told me they haven’t even given permission for Scunthorpe to talk to Josh. There are procedures in place to sign riders and it seems Scunthorpe have done things out of desperation. They have just railroaded the system and by announcing Josh to their public they have put pressure on.

“I hope the British Speedway Promoters’ Association look into the situation.

“It’s damaging for my business to see one of our most popular riders head up the road to our close rivals, if that’s the outcome. What it also does is rule Josh out of riding for his parent club in the Elite League because Coventry are a Friday night track like Scunthorpe, so Coventry are not happy either.

“There is a protocol and Scunthorpe have completely disregarded it, purely because they are desperate. We have helped and supported the Scunthorpe promotion right from the day they started and yet things like this happen.”