Simon Stead will be back with home club Sheffield next season – and has been snapped up as a full club asset.
It means Stead is a fully fledged Tiger for the first time after slipping through the club’s net in the 90s when he joined Peterborough as a schoolboy.
He raced four seasons on loan at Owlerton – which included two league titles – between 1999-2002 before moving to Workington and then into the Elite League.
But he made an emotional return to Sheffield in 2013 before suffering a broken leg, recovering to win the Premier League Riders’ Championship last September.
Now Tigers have concluded a deal with parent club Swindon to make him a permanent Owlerton rider – and he’s delighted. “It’s a great move for me, and to sign for my home club as an asset is an honour” said Stead. “I had a fantastic time as a Swindon asset, and signed off by winning the League in 2012. But I’m just delighted to be back at Sheffield, where I’m No.1 and captain.
“It’s an exciting time to be involved with Sheffield, and I can’t wait to hopefully play a big part in a successful time for the club. “The new management were dropped in at the deep end last year after taking over so late and we did struggle, but it’s a different scenario this year. They’ve got a year under their belt, they have plenty of ideas and if they manage to build the sort of team they’ve spoken to me about I have no doubts we’ll be a play-off chasing side.
“It’s about time the Sheffield public had something to shout about on track, and I really believe this promotion can make it happen.”
Stead added: “Like I say, I’m looking forward to being a part of that moving forward, and hopefully I can continue doing my own job well like I did in 2014.
“The role of being No.1 is one I enjoy, and I give 110% every time I ride for Sheffield because I love turning out for my hometown team.
“I’ll be doing that again in 2015, so hopefully it will pay off and I can score plenty of points to try and ensure we do well.”