Jason Garrity says a week off has saved his season after a run of knocks.
The Sheffield tough-guy has been suffering with back and knee trouble and had to sit out racing for a few days at the end of last month.
And he’s revealed how riding through the pain barrier was only making things worse and now he’s raring to go for Sheffield’s play-off with Peterborough at Owlerton tomorrow.
“I needed a week off and it did me the world of good to be honest,” said Garrity.
“I kept riding when perhaps I shouldn’t have done but I hate letting my teams down, I love riding for both Sheffield in the Premier League and Coventry in the Elite.
“I’ve got a big couple of meetings coming up now with Sheffield riding Peterborough and then I’ve got Coventry’s play-off with Poole on Friday.
“I’m so pleased I joined Sheffield, in fact I wish I could have signed for them earlier than I did, it’s been a great move for me in my career.
“It’s certainly helped my season and with all the injuries we’ve suffered I think it’s a massive achievement for us to finish in a play-off place.
“Peterborough are a good team so we know how hard it will be for us, but we’ll just go into the meeting to give it our very best.
“Hopefully we can build up some sort of lead to go to the East of England Showground for the second leg, whenever that gets organised.
“I’m looking forward to the remaining meetings this season and it would be great to win two league titles, one with Sheffield and one with Coventry, that would be a dream come true for me.”