Sheffield’s Jan Graversen is confident he can quickly slot back into the rigours of British racing.
Graversen played a key role in Tigers’ Championship title triumph in 2017 and was unlucky not to secure a place either at Owlerton or elsewhere for this season.
Handed a 28-day contract back with Sheffield as a replacement for the injured Josh Bates, the Dane struggled at home to Peterborough last Thursday and failed to score.
But he did notch 3+1 in the defeat at Glasgow 24 hours later.
Graversen said: “I certainly didn’t want the first meetings to go as they did.
“I’ve had a few little gremlins and I’m also rather race-rusty.
“I’ve done two meetings in Denmark this year, but one of them got called off so I haven’t really had a good pre-season at all.
“I just need a few laps to pass that barrier and I’ll be okay. I’m confident I’ll be fine once I get back into the rhythm.
“I’m stepping in for Josh for 28 days, I’m told he’s making good progress and I wish him well, but this is a chance for me to put my name out there.
“You never know what’s going to happen in speedway with injuries and so on, so I have to do my best and make it better than last week.”
Tigers have a week off from team action as they host the first British semi-final on Thursday, and their next fixture is a trip to Berwick on May 19.
Meanwhile, club captain Kyle Howarth has been named as one of four British riders to compete in this year’s Grand Prix qualifiers.
Howarth and Craig Cook will head to German venue Abensberg on May 21, with Robert Lambert and Dan Bewley racing in Denmark two days earlier.
GB boss Alun Rossiter said: “I felt this was the right time to select some of the less experienced guys, based on their form so far this year.
“Kyle certainly deserves the opportunity, he’s having a very good season and he jumped at the chance of going to Abensberg.”
Tigers host the first of the British semi-finals at Owlerton tomorrow (7.30).