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Comeback man Andre Compton says Sheffield’s qualification for the play-offs is ‘an amazing achievement’.

Compton made his return to the side in Monday’s defeat at Scunthorpe after a spell on the sidelines with a wrist injury.

Tigers now have a full 1-7 for the first time since April after shuffling their pack ahead of the Aug 28 deadline.

And Compton admits it’s been a true team effort to get this far.

He said: “It’s been a difficult season for Sheffield because of the amount of injuries we’ve had, and I think it’s a testament to everyone’s hard work that we’ve been able to do so well.

“I think the only rider who hasn’t had an injury this year is Ty Proctor who obviously hasn’t been with us for a while for different reasons, so for us to be in the play-offs after all we’ve had to contend with is an amazing achievement.

“It’s been a mountain to climb all season, but even when we’ve had injuries the lads have kept their heads up, continued to fight and obviously managed to keep on winning which is great.

“It’s going to be tough in the play-offs, but the team as a whole have proved what they can do and hopefully we can just get over that final hurdle and go all the way because it would be an incredible achievement.”

There’s no meeting at Owlerton tomorrow as the club prepare to host the showpiece Premier League Riders’ Championship on Sunday.

The prestigious national event includes the top rider from every club and Sheffield are represented by Jason Garrity, who makes his first appearance in the meeting.