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Pulham’s Josh Bailey keen to show best form with the Scorpions after last stint with the club was hampered by injury

Speedway rider Josh Bailey is determined to show the Scunthorpe Scorpions supporters his true self on the track after he sealed a return to the club earlier this week.

Pulham-based Bailey spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons with the SGB Championship outfit, but a shoulder injury suffered three quarters of the way through the first year prevented the 21-year-old from producing his best form.

However, after spending the most recent campaign down in the National League with the Mildenhall Fen Tigers, Bailey has rediscovered his form and – crucially – his fitness.

As a result, he is heading back to the Eddie Wright Raceway feeling full of confidence and belief.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers Pre season practice day...Josh Bailey..Picture Mark Westley. (5546951)
Mildenhall Fen Tigers Pre season practice day...Josh Bailey..Picture Mark Westley. (5546951)

“I was at Scunthorpe for a couple of years but for a lot of that time I was trying to recover from a shoulder ligament injury,” said the former Harleston school pupil.

“Originally it was diagnosed as a collarbone injury but it turned out to be a big problem in my shoulder which took about 12 months to heal.

“I agreed to go back to Scunthorpe in 2017 because I did not realise how much the injury was going to hamper me.

“There was no strength in the joint and by the time I realised, it was halfway through the season. It was too late and I just had to make the best of a bad situation.

“It was always in the back of my head, knowing I was not fit enough and that had a negative impact on my riding.

“But I am fit now and I definitely feel that I have some unfinished business with Scunthorpe. I cannot wait to get going.”

It is also not lost on Bailey the role that the Fen Tigers played in his positive return on the bike.

He helped the club to win the National League Trophy, as well as topping the league standings before losing in the final of the play-offs to Eastbourne Eagles.

“All of the team just bounced off each other,” he said of the 2018 Fen Tigers squad.

“We were just a bunch of young lads having a good laugh and enjoying ourselves.

“We always knew that if one of us was having an off day out on the track, the others would be there to pick up the slack.

“It is one big family with such a great fanbase ­— they helped me a lot.

“We will have to see what happens, but I am not ruling out a return because I enjoyed it so much.”

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