Double life points to a good year for Sheffield Tigers says Bates

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Talented teenager Josh Bates says his double life in 2015 suits him down to the ground.

Barnsley boy Bates will ride for Sheffield at reserve in the Premier League and he’s also been handed an opportunity to ride for Wolverhampton as a draft reserve at the top level.

The former Mildenhall National League title winner is predicting an exciting season ahead for Owlerton regulars.

He said: “The management have spent a lot of money throughout the club this year and they really want to have a good year.

“I know the majority of team this year and the team spirit is going to be amazing. I couldn’t wish to be at two better clubs than Sheffield and Wolverhampton.

“There’s a lot of experience there that can help me and Arthur Sissis especially.

“I think I’m going to learn a lot from the Elite League at Wolves this year and I’m going to use what I learn to bring back to the Premier League with Sheffield.

“It’s an exciting team and I think we can have a really good season, I don’t see why not.”

Bates will be with his Tigers team mates at tomorrow’s press and practice session at Owlerton which is open to the public from 5pm.

The riders will then go to the Panorama Room to meet fans from approximately 7pm onwards.

Meanwhile the countdown is on to the Ricky Ashworth Benefit meeting this Sunday with a massive crowd expected to support the former Tigers skipper who suffered life changing injuries in a track crash in 2013.

Bates is hoping to get in some practice laps immediately after the meeting before appearing in Wolverhampton’s Banks’s Olympique individual event 24-hours later.

And the following Thursday, March 26, the team launch their League Cup campaign – with the debut of exciting Aussie ace Arthur Sissis – against rivals Scunthorpe at Owlerton.