Sheffield speedway: Simon plots next season’s course

Simon Stead in action
Simon Stead in action
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Simon Stead has pledged his immediate future to Sheffield – whoever is in charge!

Stead, born and bred in the city, made an emotional return to the club last winter a decade after moving on. But his season was cut short after a crash in a testing session at King’s Lynn which saw him suffer a badly broken leg. Now he’s vowed to be ready to race in March and, despite the club being up for sale, he’s agreed a deal to be back at Owlerton for the 2014 season.

SIMON STEAD, LEFT

SIMON STEAD, LEFT

He said: “There has never been any doubt where I wanted to be next season and that’s Sheffield. I was delighted to go back to the club last season but it all came to an abrupt halt with my broken leg. I’m pleased everything is sorted, obviously there are question marks over the ownership but it’s been decided to start putting a team together so whoever takes over has everything in place and is ready to go. It’s nice to be a part of it. Sheffield have said they want to be captain and they also want me to give them my opinion on riders we could sign.

“I’ve met David Hoggart (co-promoter) and we agreed everything. I think they have realised they cannot hang around forever and then just pick up riders who haven’t been fixed up anywhere. I’ve given them my opinion on some riders I think will do a good job for Sheffield. I didn’t enjoy being part of a pretty poor team last season and want to avoid that this time. Sheffield as a club deserves to have a top team once again. It’s what we had when I was here a decade ago and it’s what we should have now.”

Club owner Neil Machin is still considering his options with at least two interested parties in contact regarding buying or leasing the club.