Speedway: Stead eyes bumper Owlerton turn-out

Tigers rider Simon Stead.
Tigers rider Simon Stead.
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Simon Stead is hoping to celebrate his call-up to Great Britain’s World Cup team with a maximum for Sheffield tonight.

Tigers face Newcastle Diamonds in a vital Premier League clash with Ben Wilson making an emotional return to the team at the expense of Simon Nielsen.

And the meeting will see a clash between two World Cup racers as Stead will face Danny King, who has also had the call for the meeting at King’s Lynn on Saturday week.

Stead said: “It’s been a good week obviously with the call-up and I’d love to celebrate with a full house in front of the Sheffield fans.

“It’s been a long time since I rode for Great Britain, and I thought that ship had sailed.

“It’s a massive honour to represent my country again, and I’m a bit speechless really.

“It’s been a long 12 months since I broke my leg, and this time last year I probably didn’t think I’d ever get back into the Great Britain team again.

“I’ve put in a lot of hard work in the gym, on the track and behind the scenes and it’s finally paid off.

“It’s a massive achievement for me and I’m extremely proud to be pulling on a Team GB race jacket again.

“I’m grateful to be given another opportunity, and I’ll give it everything I’ve got.

“I’ve got some experience of World Cups before so I’ll try to make the most of that experience and perform well. I’m just really excited and I already can’t wait for July 26.”

Newcastle have a strong side after snapping up Danny King to spearhead their side alongside the vastly experienced Stuart Robson and Swedish star Ludvig Lindgren. Lewis Kerr was named in the GB squad, but not the starting line-up, for the World Cup and has been piling up the points.

Skipper Robson said: “We don’t have a good record at Sheffield over the past couple of years so it’s time we turn that round.”

Meanwhile fans are urged to allow extra time to get to the stadium due to roadworks close to Owlerton.