Unlucky star has talent to be the best

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EMILIANO Sanchez has won praise from Tigers bosses after his recent revival in form.

The hugely popular Argentinian has struggled with injuries and bike problems so far this season but has bounced back with some impressive displays of late.

Now the club are looking for him to show the kind of form which helped him to the Premier League treble with Hull in 2004.

Co-promoter David Hoggart said: “It’s been a really tough season for Emiliano. He’s been involved in unfortunate crashes which haven’t been his fault and it’s proved costly in terms of mechanical repairs. But he’s a lovely guy, sometimes I think he’s too nice to be a speedway rider.

“On his day he can beat the best on offer in this league and we are looking towards him continuing that form when we face Edinburgh at Owlerton on Thursday.

“He’s in the engine room of the team and when he’s missed meetings it has put a bit of extra pressure on the rest of the riders, so he is badly missed.

“And it’s been tough for him to get his bikes repaired when he hasn’t been earning the money because of a lack of points. But the management and the fans have stayed behind him and we will continue to do so. It’s nice to see the smile back on his face. Edinburgh will be a tough meeting because they have riders who are well capable of riding well around our track. It should be a good night of racing.”

Former world champion Jan O Pedersen will be back on a bike at the Golden Hammer individual event at Wolves on July 26. Pedersen, who had a spell with Sheffield in 1984, will take on Ermolenko in a matchrace series. Sheffield’s Richie and Steve Worrall from the National League side are also in the meeting.