SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Simon Stead’s delight as fans welcome him back to Tigers

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SIMON Stead has been overwhelmed by the ‘welcome home’ messages he’s received since his Owlerton return was confirmed last week.

Local boy Stead, who won the Elite League title with Swindon last season, will be doubling-up between Sheffield and King’s Lynn in the top flight after he was released by the Robins.

Tigers fixtures will always take priority under the rules, which means any clash of fixtures with the Norfolk side will see him in Sheffield colours.

And he said: “I can’t believe the reaction I’ve had, I would like to thank everyone who has made me so welcome.

“I know I have a lot of responsibility on my shoulders coming back to Sheffield and I must deliver with big points week in and week out.

“But I’m confident I can do that and it really is a dream come true for me to be back in Sheffield colours.

“I’ve had loads of calls and text messages and I’ve been told about comments on message boards which have all been positive.

“I hope the feel good factor will be back at Sheffield now and my aim is to help get them back where they belong, and that’s up with the top teams in the Premier League.

“I’m also looking forward to working with the younger riders like Hainesy (Joe Haines), Damien Koppe and Jake Knight.

“The management went out of their way to sort things out and I’d like to thank David Hoggart for the way in which the negotiations were handled, it was very professional.

“Now I just want to get on with riding for Sheffield and enjoying my Speedway.”