Sheffield Speedway: Simon Stead almost impossible to replace

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Sheffield are set to continue using guest riders to cover for injured skipper Simon Stead.

Stead is the top man in the Premier League and so far Tigers have covered his absence well.

Last week Stead admitted he’d be surprised if he was able to race again this season, leaving the way open for the club to sign a replacement.

But co-owner Damien Bates says there is no obvious candidate to come into the side.

“There’s no replacement lined up for Simon as it stand,” said Bates. “It’s a tough one, because of course in an ideal world you would always like a seven-man team. We have spoken to a number of riders but nobody has been able to commit fully to British racing – and in other cases they just weren’t anywhere near the standard of Simon.

“We have the pick of any rider in the league as a guest replacement and that’s what we are going with for the time being. A lot of riders have already been in touch saying they love riding at Sheffield and they’d welcome the possibility of guest bookings. There is a lot to race for this season and our priority is to get into the top six and make the play-offs. Anything can happen. The rest of the boys are going well and there’s a great team spirit in the camp.”

Tigers return after a fortnight off when they face Newcastle at Owlerton on Thursday with the replacement for Stead yet to be named. And the club are also working on a possible fixture for Thursday July 23 which is currently blank.