Paco Castanga
Paco Castanga

Paco Castagna last night revealed how he has finally realised a dream by landing a British team spot with Sheffield.

The Italian World Cup rider will line up in Thursday’s League Cup semi-final tie with Glasgow at Owlerton as a replacement for the injured Ashley Birks. But there could be another signing on the way as Tigers consider their options with Andre Compton set for a spell on the sidelines with a broken wrist.

Castagna said: “I always said to everybody I don’t care about Poland, I didn’t care about Sweden, I just wanted to break into the Premier League straight away.

“I’ve always been told it’s the best place to go to start because there are so many different tracks and so many good riders. You have to learn a lot and I’m hoping that’s what I will do.

“I had been speaking with some clubs but talks weren’t going in the right direction and I had to forget about it.

“I was surprised when I got the call from Sheffield and I can’t wait to get started.

“I know Sheffield is a good team and promotion and to be with such a team it is really an honour.

Sheffield overcame their injury crisis to snatch a shock 48-41 away victory over Newcastle at Brough Park.

Having seen Ashley Birks and Andre Compton recently join their lengthy injury list, the Tigers travelled to Tyneside using two guests and rider replacement.

Yet they put in another gutsy display to hold on for an unexpected triumph and boost their play-off ambitions with all four Premier League points.

It was a superb all-around team performance from Jack Lee’s depleted side, with Jason Garrity leading the way with another stunning showing whilst guests Stuart Robson and Josh Grajczonek also impressed.

Stand-in skipper for the evening David Bellego put in a solid display, whilst young reserves Josh Bates and Arthur Sissis added vital contributions to see their side over the line.

They will be in League Cup semi-final action aiming to overhaul a 14 point deficit against Glasgow at Owlerton on Thursday (7.30).

NEWCASTLE 41: Steve Worrall 11, Lewis Kerr 9, Lewis Rose 8+2, Ludvig Lindgren 6, Christian Henry 4, Anton Rosen 3+1, Simon Nielsen 0.

SHEFFIELD 48: Jason Garrity 12+1, Stuart Robson 11+1, Josh Grajczonek 7+2, David Bellego 7, Josh Bates 6+2, Arthur Sissis 5, Ashley Birks R/R.