SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Simon can Stead-y ship

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RICHARD Hall says the arrival of Simon Stead at Sheffield has given the club a big lift.

Hall, set to feature in Tigers’ 2013 side, says Stead has the ability to be the top rider in the Premier League. And he’s looking forward to teaming up with Stead, who last rode for the Owlerton side in 2002.

Said Hall: “It’s great to see Steady back at the club, hopefully the fans will respond and we can have a good season. There are a lot of younger riders in the team and I’d like to think Steady and me can offer our help and pass on our experience.

“Sheffield has always been my first choice and I’m pleased to be in the plans. I know we had a tough 2012 for various reasons but with the signing of Steady it’s a different story.

“I’d like to think I can improve my average and the younger lads can show some improvement. David Hoggart, the manager, has been quick to tell me how keen and enthusiastic the lads are.

“I’ve raced for Scunthorpe and Leicester in recent seasons but I really feel Sheffield is my true home and I’m looking forward to the season.”

Hall’s return comes a decade after he first joined the club from Newcastle where he was a promising youngster.

He scored 265 points in 32 matches for the Owlerton side last season and leaves just one space to fill in the team. Ricky Wells has been earmarked for that position but doubts remain over his immediate future. He went on twitter to state that he still has no Premier League deal in place. And the Californian revealed last week that he wasn’t prepared to accept the current terms on offer, although co-promoter Hoggart isn’t ruling him out at this stage.