Speedway: Happy Compton passes on tips to next generation

Sheffield rider Andre Compton.
Sheffield rider Andre Compton.
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Sheffield favourite Andre Compton has revealed how much he is enjoying his part as a senior member of the 2014 Tigers’ side.

Having made a spectacular return to the shale last year, Compton forms an experienced head of the Sheffield side alongside Simon Stead and Leigh Lanham.

Yet they are joined by some bright young talents in the likes of local lad Josh Bates and talented Dane Simon Nielsen.

And Compton says he is enjoying the chance to help some of the sides’ younger members as the Owlerton outfit look to enjoy a memorable season.

The 36-year-old said: “I’m one of the more experienced riders in the team this year, so I’m enjoying being able to help some of the younger guys.

“With the exception of last year and this year since I came back, I think I spent the majority of my career as a team captain.

“So I’m used to spending time helping the rest of the team with advice, setups and stuff like that.

“With myself, Leigh (Lanham), Simon (Stead) and of course Joe Screen as team manager we have a lot of experience to pass on to everyone and I think that can only help us.

“We’ll all be trying to pass on some valuable experience to the younger guys, and as long as they are willing to listen - which they all seem to be - then everyone should benefit.

“We’ve got a great bunch of lads here with a lot of talent, so I’m enjoying being part of this team and hopefully we can come good.”

Meanwhile, Compton believes the Tigers magnificent 53-37 triumph away at Redcar in their last outing could prove to be a major turning point in their inconsistent season.

“I think the Redcar away match could well prove to be the turning point for us,” he said. “Every meeting somebody seemed to be having an off night and struggling slightly, but Redcar was the first time we’ve seen everything click and we showed what we can do.

“If we can get everyone to do that on a regular basis then we’ll have a really strong team and I think we could go a long way this season.

“We just need to find that consistency and pull that out the bag more often; if we can do that then it should be a really good season for us.”

Tigers Knockout Cup clash with Berwick, scheduled for last night at Owlerton, was washed out. A new date for the fixture has yet to be confirmed.