Veteran is back for ‘new look’ Tigers

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ANDRE Compton will start the new speedway season at reserve for Sheffield after agreeing a new deal with the club.

He will be joined by Danish youngster Simon Nielsen who rode for Leicester and Plymouth last season.

The signings complete Sheffield’s revamped team as they join Simon Stead, Adam Roynon, Leigh Lanham, Taylor Poole and Josh Bates.

In an ironic twist both Nielsen and Compton are on a 4.36 average and Tigers bosses faced a choice of which one to put at reserve.

They’ve gone for Compton as they look to cash in on strength in-depth with the potential for extra outings for the former Premier League champion.

Compton, who first rode for Tigers 16 years ago, is delighted to be back after ending his retirement last year. He said: “I’m pleased to be back but it’s a strange feeling thinking I’m going to start the season at reserve.

“ I think the last time I rode at reserve must have been about 20 years ago when I was a kid!

“I had three years out of the sport but then I got the bug back and started doing some laps. Then I had a spell at Glasgow and came back to Sheffield but it took me a while to get going again. But when I look back at my performances, I think up until the Premier League Riders’ Championship I had the fastest time of the season around Sheffield which shows I can still do it.

“I also beat great riders like Craig Cooke around Owlerton so I know I can still do it and hopefully starting the season with everyone else will give me a fair chance. I want to take full advantage of being at reserve by scoring loads of points and then hopefully kick on and get back to where I used to be.”

Compton also likes the way the revamped Tigers team has taken shape. He said: “It’s a good balance to the team and I think we can be successful with the way we shape up. Simon (Stead) is a good spearhead and I want to provide strength lower down the order so I’m really looking forward to it.

“The club deserves success and hopefully this team and the new management will enable us to bring the good times back.”