Speedway: Roynon looks to future after Owlerton wash-out

Tigers rider Adam Roynon.
Tigers rider Adam Roynon.

Adam Roynon has revealed how he snubbed offers from the Elite League to focus on his Sheffield duties.

The classy Cumbrian is on yet another comeback trail after a long line of injuries and has vowed to give his all to the Tigers cause.

And he says Premier League promoters have missed a trick by not using British youngsters at reserve - a rule which has been adopted by the top flight.

He said: “I had calls in the winter from Elite League clubs but it never went any further than preliminary discussions.

“When they introduced the rule where they use two British youngsters from the National League at reserve, it meant I would be riding in the top five against guys like Tai Woffinden and Darcy Ward from the GP series.

“Not being funny, but I’m coming back from injury and I’m happy riding for Sheffield. The more meetings I do for them and the more points I score the better and that’s my main focus right now.

“Personally I think the Premier League should have adopted the rule before the Elite League. It just seems like they’ve brought it in to save money.

“The more natural progression would have been for the Premier League to take on the rule to help riders move up the ranks - now it shows our league isn’t one for bringing on British youngsters it’s all about which rider has the right average for a team spot.

“I could easily have doubled-up in the Elite League but I have to rebuild my confidence which is such a vital part of the make-up of a speedway rider. I love riding for Sheffield. It’s a great venue, a superb track and the new management have been good to deal with so far.”

Last night’s opening meeting of the Owlerton season, the Air Fence Fund Bonanza, was washed out and will now be staged this Monday, March 31.

The club are expecting to retain the same line-up after checking availability.

Tigers head to Scunthorpe on Sunday in their opening Premier League Cup tie of the campaign.