Sheffield Tigers: Returning Simon Stead targets GB recall

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SIMON Stead can break back into Great Britain’s World Cup reckoning this season.

That’s the view of Tigers chief David Hoggart.

Stead has been snapped up for an emotional return to Sheffield, a decade after his previous spell with his hometown club.

And he will be doubling-up with Elite League King’s Lynn so he will be a lot busier than he was last season when he would often go three weeks without a meeting.

Hoggart said: “The busier schedule will suit Simon down to the ground and it will benefit his career.

“He should be the top rider in the Premier League although I realise there are a lot of good riders at this level and he should fly around King’s Lynn in the Elite League.

“And when you consider King’s Lynn is where Great Britain start their World Cup campaign on July 15, he has a real opportunity to force his way back into the international setup.

“There is no doubt he has what it takes to attract the attention of Neil Middleditch, the GB manager. He won the league for Swindon last season and I have every faith in his ability to get right back to his best on a consistent basis.

“Simon loves big, fast tracks and for him to have King’s Lynn and Sheffield as his home tracks this season is a great bonus for him. I’m sure we’re going to see the best of him and I know he wants to become unbeatable around Owlerton.

“He made a lot of changes with Swindon last season and he finished the season well with the league winners medal – hopefully he can hit the ground running with us.”

Tigers will hold their press and practice day, subject to confirmation, on Thursday March 21 with their opening team event at Owlerton on March 28 at 7.45pm. The opponents are yet to be confirmed.