Sheffield speedway: Stead bounces back

Simon Stead , Sheffield Tigers
Simon Stead , Sheffield Tigers
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Sheffield track hero Simon Stead insists he will be fit and raring to go for the 2016 season after completing a return to the Tigers.

Club legend Stead saw his future in the sport thrown into jeopardy by serious injuries caused in a horror crash at Rye House back in April.

However, he has now been unveiled as the fifth member of the 2016 Tigers side alongside Jason Garrity, Josh Bates, Richard Hall and Nathan Greaves.

Stead, 33, says there was never any doubt regarding where he would ride once he determined he would be able to return.

Having bounced back well from serious injuries in the past, he is now looking to do the same when next season gets underway as he leads Sheffield in their quest to bring Premier League glory back to the city.

“The decision was always whether I was going to race rather than who I was going to race for,” said Stead.

“There was only one club for me, and when I knew I was going to be fit enough and strong enough to start next season it was an easy decision.

“It’s been a long recovery and that’s still ongoing, but I definitely feel I’ll be ready for the start of next season and I’ll be in the same shape I was in heading into 2015. If I wasn’t confident in that I wouldn’t have come back.

“Physically I’ll be ready, and my mental strength has never really been an issue. Come back from injuries doesn’t faze, I’ve come back from long lay-offs well before and this is just another hurdle for me to get over.

“I missed the majority of 2013 but then 2014 was probably one of the best seasons I’ve had in the sport, so hopefully this time it can be the same again and I can pick up where I left off before my crash.

“We’ve had an awful run with injuries as a club over the last two years, but hopefully that will finally change this year. I’m confident in the team the management have assembled so far, so it looks like being an exciting season for everyone and I’m looking forward to it.”