Wednesday December 02, 2020
JACK Holder remains in Sheffield’s plans for next season after his Swedish club announced he won’t be returning.

Aussie ace Holder has already signed a deal with Polish top flight side Torun which means, under controversial new rules imposed by Poland officials, he is only allowed to race in one other league.

Now Tigers are expected to hold more talks with Holder, who enjoyed a fine season in Poland and was handed the wildcard spot for the final two Grand Prix rounds of the year.

He was also in Australia’s plans for the Speedway of Nations but opted to head home to be reunited with his partner.

Boss Simon Stead has backed Holder for a bright future in the sport and had been relishing the prospect of working with him this year.

“Jack is a class act,” he said. “He’s got potential and if he applies himself properly and maintains a professional approach to his career he will go far.

“When we signed him I was excited about it, so like so many other things it was a huge disappointment when we didn’t get to see him race for us.

“We have to be positive about 2021 and whatever the team looks like when we get to the tapes we will be competitive and do our very best.

“Obviously there are aspects of the sport which mean things are a little uncertain with some riders but we are confident things will fall into place. I hope we can arrange for Jack to return and show us all what we missed this year.”

Promoters throughout the country are continuing discussions on the immediate and long term future of the sport.

The issue of Polish restrictions appears to have forced their hand into looking at changes in the two professional leagues with more discussions planned.

One aspect of 2021 confirmed is the planned start date of Easter weekend in April with fans returning to venues and the prospect of a vaccination programme starting soon.

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