Speedway: Poole can’t wait to lead Tigers challenge

Taylor Poole , Sheffield Tigers
Taylor Poole , Sheffield Tigers
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Taylor Poole is back - and this time he is serious.

The Australian ace has been handed a return to British speedway by the Sheffield Tigers and is anxious to prove a big hit at Owlerton.

The 21-year-old, who spent two years with Ipswich in 2011 and 2012, returns to these shores with an improved attitude and a more professional approach after sitting out the 2013 campaign when unable to secure a team spot.

He has plenty of wise words from his illustrious father - former Australian international great Mick - ringing in his ears.

Poole said: “I never trained in the past and I just ate junk. I wasn’t really that focused on my racing. I was just over here having fun and that would probably have been the case again if I had found a team place last year.

“But being back home for a year has done me good. I’m a lot more serious now.

“I’ve had a lot of sense spoken to me by a lot of good people, mostly by my Dad.

“I feel I’m now going in the right direction and that there is a lot more to come from me.”

Poole had initially expected to miss out on British action again this year after breaking his femur in a track crash in Australia last September.

He added: “I was pretty much resigned to not coming over to the UK again after the injury, but my recovery went well. I started to forget what the pain felt like and I wanted to get myself a team spot.

“I’ve only missed one season in Britain but it feels like a lot longer to me.

“I spoke to Peterborough about the possibility of going there, but they weren’t able to fit me in.

“Then the chance to join Sheffield came up and I’m delighted to be here.”