Tigers hail their loyal backers

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Tigers chiefs have hailed the work of city businessman Ian Hunter in sealing the deal to take control of the club.

And Hunter has once again pledged the support of Sheffield Window Centre as main team sponsors for another season which starts on March 27.

Consortium member Damien Bates has revealed how businessman Hunter became involved with negotiations as outgoing owner Neil Machin was in Australia.

He said: “Sheffield Speedway owe a huge debt of gratitude to Ian Hunter for the hard work he has put in this winter.”

“Ian was most helpful in helping finalise the deal to take over the club with Neil being away in Australia.

“The fact that he has also agreed for Sheffield Window Centre to continue as main sponsors of the club only adds to the input he has had with us.

“Ian Hunter is an integral and vital part of this club and on behalf of the consortium I would like to express our appreciation and hope he remains on board for many years to come.”

Sheffield have confirmed more names for their opening night Air Fence Fund Bonanza meetingon Thursday, March 27.

Skipper Simon Stead, Scunthorpe’s Ashley Birks and Elite League star Rory Schlein were all confirmed last week and they will now be joined by Wolverhampton’s Ty Proctor, new Sheffield signing Leigh Lanham and Tigers reserve Andre Compton.

All profits from the event will go towards the installation of the new air fence barrier at Owlerton which is compulsory under new regulations.