Nico Covatti has thanked Sheffield for rescuing his 2014 season following the closure of Elite League Birmingham.
The Argentinian ace, who rides on an Italian licence and represented them in the World Cup in July, was left with the prospect of leaving the UK – until Tigers stepped in.
Covatti was hugely popular at Birmingham and made an impact during his brief spell with Sheffield – and he’s hinted he’d welcome a return to Owlerton.
He said: “After everything finished at Birmingham I had a couple of months where I pretty much stopped riding. I had no meetings and that was hard for me.
“I was really glad to get the chance to come to Sheffield, and even though it’s been a big challenge I’ve enjoyed riding here. It’s great for me because they are good people here and the track is really fun to ride as well.
“The track took some time to get used to because it is so big and fast, and it was completely new to me.
“After only riding at Birmingham all the tracks have been new for me so that has been difficult, but I’ve been getting a lot of experience and I hope I can be back next year and do better.
“Every meeting here I’ve been trying different setups to try and get the bike working as well as possible, and I think if I can come back I can do a lot better next season.
“I’ve not been scoring great points, but the Premier League is a tough league and it’s all new to me so I haven’t been too disappointed.
“I’m very happy riding for Sheffield, and I hope I will get another chance next season.”