Popular Sheffield Tigers’ racer Arthur Sissis is unlikely to be available to start the forthcoming season as he needs surgery on a complicated shoulder injury.
It is a blow to the 20-year-old Sissis, from Adelaide, South Australia, who was hoping to return to the Owlerton track for a second successive campaign after making a big impression with the South Yorkshire club in his debut year.
His season was ended in a crash at Berwick and the injury has proved to be more complicated than expected with seemingly little or no progress.
Now a visit to his specialist has revealed surgery is needed to repair the damaged ligaments and Tigers now have little alternative but to move in a different direction with their team plans.
Co-promoter Damien Bates said: “Obviously we’re disappointed for Arthur because he loved his season with us at Sheffield and he did a great job for us.
“He got better and better as the season progressed and it was such a shame his season ended like it did, but I guess it was typical of the way our season went.
“There’s little chance of him being fit and ready to race in March so it appears we have to rule him out of our plans for the start of the season which is a crying shame, both for the lad and ourselves.
“We have an idea in which direction the team is going and there will be some new faces in the side next season. Hopefully we will be in a position to announce our next signing before the weekend.
“The reaction to the team building so far has been excellent and all three lads have proved popular signings – Jason Garrity, Josh Bates and Nathan Greaves.
“I am sure we will have a team who will be hard to beat at home and that’s the cornerstone of any successful side.”
Bates is refusing to comment on whether skipper Simon Stead will be back in action after his horrifying injuries last April.He is expected to decide by Christmas.