Sheffield Tigers ace will be ‘unstoppable’ at home

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DAVID Hoggart says Simon Stead is already the firm favourite to finish top of the Premier League averages and win the Premier League Riders’ Championship.

The Tigers boss, who has also revealed how Stead chose his hometown club despite interest from one of the Scottish clubs, believes he will be almost unstoppable around Owlerton.

He said: “I hope Simon is unstoppable and I certainly think he will be around Owlerton.

“I believe he is the clear favourite to finish top of the Premier League averages and with the Premier League Riders’ Championship coming to Owlerton once again in September he has to be favourite for that.

“The only reservation I have about the PLRC is that it all boils down to one race, a Grand Final, when anything can happen. We’ve seen crashes, controversial refereeing decisions and mechanical gremlins, some very good riders have been denied the title.

“But if everything goes to plan I expect Simon to be the top rider in the Premier League. We need a strong spearhead and I believe in Simon, Ricky Wells and Richard Hall.”