SPEEDWAY: Returning Simon Stead expresses captaincy joy

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SIMON Stead has been handed the Tigers captaincy ahead of the new season.

Stead is making an emotional return to his hometown club a decade after he left for Workington.

He went on to carve out a successful Elite League career and only last season he won the title with Swindon.

His experience and bubbly character make him ideal for the role and he’s honoured to be skipper.

“It’s great for me to be given the job, me and my family have a long association with this club and it’s an honour for me to be captain,” said Stead.

“I know it carries a lot of responsibility and the management are under a bit of pressure to get it right this year, I’m happy to be a part of that and we want to see the good times coming back.

“Sheffield is a great track and a fabulous stadium and it deserves to have big crowds because it’s a fantastic night out. I’ve not had much chance to get down in recent seasons because I’ve been riding for Swindon on a Thursday but I can’t wait to get started and I know my family, friends and sponsors are going to be regular visitors.

“The team is shaping up nicely and guys like myself and Richard Hall can work with the younger lads and try and help them progress.”

Tigers co-promoter David Hoggart said the appointment of Stead was a simple task.

He said: “We had this in mind when we signed him, he’s got everything you need from a skipper. We’re pleased with the appointment.

“He’s a fine rider and a good character. He’s willing to help the other lads and that’s what we need.

“The youngsters will be looking up to Simon and all his experience.”