SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Owlerton fan plan

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TIGERS are hoping the signing of Simon Stead will see the fans come flocking back to Owlerton next season.

Stead, who agreed terms with co-promoter David Hoggart after his release from Elite League champions Swindon, is determined to bring the good times back to the club. It’s been well documented that Sheffield lost money last season with a poor team and dreadful weather contributing to fans turning their back on the club.

But the club have shown ambition in securing the services of Sheffield-based Stead, who will also ride for King’s Lynn in the Elite League.

Hoggart said: “We had a lot of criticism after last season - now we’ve done something about it.

“We hope that the signing of Simon will be the making of Sheffield Speedway and not the breaking of it.

“We have pushed the boat out to get him, it’s the biggest deal we’ve ever done with a rider and now the supporters have to play their part.

“We are determined to be a winning team in 2013 and we want them back on the terraces. He wanted to ride for us but there were offers on the table which eclipsed ours.

“But we were able to talk it through and reach an agreement before he headed off to Australia. Simon is a fantastic signing for us and we have to commend him for his superb professionalism right through the negotiations, he’s been a pleasure to deal with.

“There was a will on both sides to finalise terms and we were both delighted when we got there.

“He will be almost unbeatable around Owlerton and I have already had many texts and emails from people congratulating us on bringing back a local hero.

“Everyone is excited about the new season now. But we need to finalise the rest of the team and we are working on that.”