Lasse comes home for Sheffield speedway side

Sheffield Tigers ' Lasse Bjerre
Sheffield Tigers ' Lasse Bjerre
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Lasse Bjerre says a winning mentality was one of the key reasons behind his switch to Sheffield.

The Dane makes his Tigers debut in tonight’s inter-league challenge with newly promoted Somerset.

A big crowd is expected with the club throwing open the doors free of charge to win new fans.

Bjerre, younger brother of Belle Vue’s former Grand Prix star Kenneth, says there will also be less pressure on his shoulders.

“Last year was frustrating for me at Redcar” he said. “I did my job in the majority of meetings but I always seemed to be on the losing side. It got to the stage where I was turning up expecting the team to lose and that’s not me at all.

“But that will never be the case at Sheffield because they’ve got ambition, it’s a very professional club and we’ve got a fantastic team. I’ve had a lot of pressure on me to score points over the last few years but this season at Sheffield that will ease.

“From 1-7 we’ve got a team who can score well and as long as we all ride how we know we can then we’ve got a fantastic chance in most meetings this year.”

Bjerre has also revealed how there was plenty of interest from other clubs wanting to sign him.

He said: “I had a few offers over the winter but Sheffield is the place I’ve always wanted to be at eventually.

“They offered me a team place a couple of years ago but sadly I didn’t take it. However I’m here now and this is going to be a great move for me.

“It’s going to be great to have it as my home track; it’s the one track in England I’ve always looked forward to riding on whether it be on the away team or as a guest.

“To be racing here every week is going to be special and I’m certainly going to enjoy it!

“Somerset will be a really good first home meeting for us and we all want to show the fans what we can do.”

SHEFFIELD: Josh Grajczonek, Josh Bates, Lasse Bjerre, Todd Kurtz, Kyle Howarth, Rob Branford, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn.

SOMERSET: Rohan Tungate, Paul Starke, Charles Wright, Jake Allen, Patrick Hougaard, Jan Graversen, Nathan Greaves.