SHEFFIELD star Josh Auty has revealed he wants to leave the club next year.
It’s a big blow to the Owlerton side as they are also losing number one and captain Shane Parker, who retires at the end of the season after 22 years in Britain.
Auty, aged 21, has had his best year in the sport this season and even took over the number one race jacket for the Tigers earlier in the season. But now the Mirfield-born charger says he wants to move to a club with a smaller track to further his speedway education.
He said: “I think maybe a move to a smaller track would benefit me more as a rider than staying at Sheffield. I struggle on the smaller ones at the moment so a move would help me.
“Other clubs have to know that I want to move because everyone thinks that I’m automatically going to sign for Sheffield again next year. People just assume that I’ll be back here and back at Coventry but it isn’t necessarily the case.
“I’m not unhappy at Sheffield, but I think it’d be good for me to learn on a smaller track for a year. I wouldn’t rule out coming back, but I do think I need a change.”
The Tigers’ hero also revealed that he plans to move clubs in the Elite League too, after becoming unhappy with his lack of chances for parent club Coventry.
“I definitely want to move clubs in the Elite League next year. I’ve not had many opportunities this year with Coventry and I need to be riding regularly in the Elite League at this stage in my career.
“I feel I’ve had a fairly decent year but I know I can improve certain areas of my racing. I think I just need a change now, both in the Elite League and the Premier League.”
Tigers, who pulled off an impressive win at Workington on Sunday, round off their league campaign with a trip to Ipswich on Thursday.