SHEFFIELD have been forced into two changes for tonight’s (Thursday) Premiership clash with bottom club King’s Lynn at Owlerton.
The Tigers have booked former favourite Danny King to guest for Jack Holder, who suffered a bruised lung in an horrific crash when racing for his Polish club Torun at Grudziadz on Tuesday.
Meanwhile Leicester youngster Dan Thompson makes his top-flight debut as he comes in for the still sidelined Josh Bates.
Co-promoter Damien Bates said: “We’ve been impressed by Dan’s performances so far this season, so this is a good opportunity for him and we wish him well.
“Danny is a delight to deal with and we know he’ll give it everything for us, just like he did when he rode for us two years ago.
“We’re hopeful Jack won’t be out for too long, but he’s in a lot of discomfort. Anyone who has seen footage of the crash will be able to see why.”
The Stars include Chris Harris as a guest for the injured Erik Riss, and operate rider-replacement for Cameron Heeps, whilst former boss Rob Lyon steps in for the night as they work on a replacement for Peter Schroeck who left the club last week.
Co-promoter Dale Allitt said: “We know what a tough meeting it will be for the boys, but we also know they’ll give it their all.
“Richard Lawson likes it around there, in fact he was signed by them for 2020, the season which never happened!
“We’re going through a difficult time, but we have to get on with it. We have to get through it, we’ve been in crisis before and no doubt we will again, but it’s how you bounce back from these things.”
SHEFFIELD: Troy Batchelor, Kyle Howarth, Adam Ellis, Josh Pickering, Danny King, James Wright, Dan Thompson.
KING’S LYNN: Thomas Jorgensen, Cameron Heeps R/R, Chris Harris, Lewis Kerr, Richard Lawson, Connor Mountain, Ricky Wells.