HELLO! I’m speedway rider Simon Stead and this year I’ve returned to my home town club, Sheffield Tigers, to captain the side in the Premier League.
As a Sheffield boy, it was a great honour for me to be asked to pen a weekly column for The Star and hopefully you’ll enjoy reading about what I, and the rest of the team, get up to.
When I’m not with the Tigers I’m riding for King’s Lynn in the Elite League and Krakow in Poland and I work in the family car dealership in the city too...so I’m pretty busy!
We’ve got a young, hungry team at Sheffield this year, one that will entertain and shock a few people along the way.
I’m back at Owlerton for the first time in 11 years and I’m excited by the challenge of being the team’s captain and number one. In my first spell we had some great characters and the team spirit in the side was what set us apart and that’s what I want to create again.
We opened up last week against one of the best sides in the country in Birmingham and we knew how big a test that would be and so it proved! They are tipped to be one of the top sides in the Elite League, so you can’t read anything into that result.
It was a good workout for the boys though and we didn’t disgrace ourselves.
Our first competitive fixture was against Leicester on Saturday and we came pretty close to pulling off an upset there, especially given that half of our team has never ridden there before!
It’s a tough track to figure out but we dug in and in the end we came away with a point; a good start to the season.
On to tomorrow where we have champions Scunthorpe at Owlerton - it’s a good local derby and we’re desperate to get one up on them early doors.
They’ve got another good side together so we must be on our game. It should be an excellent meeting.
Get down to Owlerton to support us because it truly makes a difference, we have some of the best facilities in the country and speedway’s fastest track so it’s a good night out!
Finally for this week, if you want to keep in touch you can follow me on twitter. It would be great to hear from you @Simon_Stead
I’ve already had loads of nice tweets from Tigers fans after the start we have made. It’s always good to hear from you.
Twitter is great for fans interaction and I hope you enjoy what I have to say on there as well as in my new column!
See you soon – Steady.