Speedway News

NEW Glasgow signing Jayden O’Malley will be set for plenty of practice when he arrives in the UK as he recovers from a broken ankle.

Australian youngster O’Malley, who will be racing in the Premier League for the first time in 2012, sustained the injury early in the summer in his home country.

Tigers co-promoter Alan Dick said: “I am not sure how much, if any, racing Jayden is going to get in before he leaves for the UK, but we will give him as many laps as possible on his arrival over here, and hopefully he can make a big impact on his debut season.

“He looks a very spectacular rider who pushes the limits and it may take him a bit to find the right balance when he rides. He has no fear and I am sure he will love our track.”

SHEFFIELD co-promoter David Hoggart says the club’s major team re-vamp this winter was the correct option to take.Only two riders – Hugh Skidmore and Emiliano Sanchez – return from the side which finished second in last season’s Premier League, with some high-profile departures.

Hoggart said: “We needed a clean sweep and that’s what we’ve done. There have been critics, but we’re confident that the 2012 team has balance and plenty of potential. If they all do what we expect them to do, we’ll be up there again.“Joe Haines is a classic example. We know he’s had his injury problems and has struggled to come back, but he’s still a great little rider and this is his chance to get back to where he was.”