SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Home Stead is not happening

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SHEFFIELD owner Neil Machin admits that there was serious interest from Sheffield in Great Britain star Simon Stead but that a deal will not happen.

Confusion reigned over the weekend over the status of Stead, who was believed to have been dropped by his Elite League club Swindon, and at one stage a return to Sheffield looked to be very much on the cards.

However Swindon - who declared a side without Stead on Friday - have since reverted back to their old line-up with Stead in it and that means he is no longer available.

Machin admits he was keen to have Stead back at Owlerton; “When we believed Simon Stead became available we were very quick to try and sound him out about a possible deal, which we were very hopeful of. However, on Monday evening I spoke to Alun Rossiter at Swindon and he informed me that they are reverting back to their old one to seven, which of course had Simon Stead in it.

“I don’t know the in’s and out’s of the situation but Simon Stead is now no longer available, which obviously means we have to take our search elsewhere. It’s disappointing because we were extremely excited at the prospect of bringing Simon back to Owlerton, but we can’t sign a rider who isn’t available.

“We continue our search now and hopefully we will be able to bring someone in soon, we’ve been searching tirelessly for a couple of weeks now and we will continue to do so.

“We don’t expect Pepe Franc and Emiliano Sanchez to be fit now for the rest of the season.”