Sheffield Tigers’ injured ace happy to help young star

Simon Stead. Photo: Andy Garner
Simon Stead. Photo: Andy Garner
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Simon Stead has revealed how he has revelled in his role as advisor to teenage reserve Josh Bates.

Tigers, who have a rare Thursday off tomorrow, have benefitted from having injured skipper Stead back in the pits in recent weeks.

And he’s been working closely with the ‘Barnsley Bullet’ who continues to win the hearts of the Owlerton fans with his all-action style.

Said Stead: “It’s been great to be involved, if only in a small way, I’ve enjoyed being part of the team environment again.

“Of course I’m happy to help any of the Sheffield lads but I’ve been spending a bit of time with young Josh and he’s got some talent on a bike.

“I said I’d only do it if he was prepared to listen. Some young lads just say they’re listening and then ignore everything you’ve told them, but Josh has taken things on board in a positive way.

“He’s making good progress as a rider and he can only improve as time goes on.”

Ironically Bates has suffered another injury when riding for Elite League club Wolverhampton on Monday.

He crashed heavily and landed on his shoulder, but with no home fixture this week he has time to rest.

Club co-boss Damien Bates said: “It’s a shame for Josh because he was looking forward to riding in the Golden Hammer meeting at Birmingham but has had to pull out.

“The fixtures have fallen nicely with nothing this week, so hopefully the injury will settle down and it won’t be anything too serious.

“He has a key part to play for us and we’ll just have to hope he will be back for our next meeting.”

Tigers head to Berwick on Saturday before returning to Owlerton next Thursday, August 20, to face reigning champions Edinburgh.