Stead hopes for emotional Steel City return

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SIMON Stead admits a move to Sheffield next season may be more likely than ever before.

The British star is born and bred in the city and represented the Tigers with great distinction early on in his career.

Despite being strongly linked with an emotional return to Owlerton, the move has been logistically impossible for Stead over the last few seasons as the Thursday race-night at Sheffield clashes with his home fixtures for Elite League side Swindon.

But Sheffield’s possible switch of regular race night could open the door for Stead to return. “Nothing has ever fallen in to place before, with the rules always dictating what I can and can’t do and the race night clashing.” said Stead.

“It looks like the rules may change and if Sheffield do move away from Thursday nights then of course I’d love to try and make something happen. It’s my home-town club and I’ve had some great times there before so it would be absolutely awesome to come back.”

Stead helped Swindon to the Elite League title for the first time in 45 years this season and admits that he wants to be back at Blunsdon for a fifth year, saying: “I love Swindon and I want to go back again next season if I can, so the perfect scenario for me is to double up with both Swindon and Sheffield.

“Both places have played a huge part in my career and it would mean a lot to be able to represent both next year, so I’m hoping that common sense prevails at the BSPA and they let me double up.

“We’re just going to see what comes from the BSPA conference before deciding anything but there is a bigger chance of it happening this winter than ever since I left.”