Josh Grajczonek will ride to the rescue for Sheffield when they head to Berwick tonight.
Tigers have been licking their wounds after seeing their unbeaten record ended by Somerset on Thursday – and boss Jack Lee is challenging his riders to bounce back immediately.
Aussie ace Grajczonek won the Elite League with Poole last season and is one of the Premier League’s star men.
He replaces Sheffield hero Simon Stead, who had an operation on his broken arm on Thursday.
Said Lee: “It was a tough night on Thursday, things just didn’t go our way but I’m not going to criticise my riders because they’ve been magnificent so far this season.
“A couple of our lads had problems and you can’t afford that against a team like Somerset, but I’m confident we can bounce back in no time and pick ourselves up quickly.
“Berwick will be tough, we know what a hard team they are to beat around their own track, but we will go there with a positive attitude and we have a good guest replacement in Josh.”
Sheffield will wait for a further estimate on how long Stead is likely to be out.
of the side and whether he will be in a position to make a track return this summer before deciding on their next move.
In the meantime they have the pick of the league when it comes to guest replacements and co-promoter Damien Bates is busy working through May bookings.
Grajczonek is in line to deputise for Stead in the Sky TV match at Glasgow on May 12 which appears a wise choice as he has plenty of experience on the Ashfield track.
Berwick: Ben barker, Hynek Stichauer, Kevin Doolan, Thomas Jorgensen, Claus Vissing, Alex Edberg, Luke Crang.
Sheffield: Josh Grajczonek, Andre Compton, Ashley Birks, Jason Garrity, Ty Proctor, Josh Bates, Arthur Sissis.