SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Simon Stead issues rallying cry

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BIG winter signing Simon Stead is urging Tigers fans to return to the club in huge numbers next season.

Stead has rejoined the Owlerton side after his release by Elite League Swindon and is hoping to help them back to the glory days of when he last raced for them.

As a youngster he won the Premier League title in 1999 and 2002 before moving to Workington and then into a successful top flight career.

Now he says 2013 is a “massive year” for his hometown club after a disaster at the turnstiles in 2012.

He said: “Speedway overall suffered with the weather in 2012 and that was the biggest factor in my view.

“But I know a lot of people who stopped going to Sheffield and I want to see them back next season. I haven’t come back to Owlerton just because it’s my local team, I’ve come back because I care passionately and I want to see us do well.

“It would mean a lot to me to see us high up the table and obviously we’ve got a lot of youngsters to work with, lads like Jake Knight and Damien Koppe who have a lot to learn.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge, I know there will be a lot of pressure on my shoulders but I’m up for the test.

“We need to be a club which pulls together and that includes the fans. I understand their disappointment from last season but David Hoggart (co-promoter) has explained to me what an important year it is now.

“I’m not saying it’s make or break or anything like that, but we need to see the terraces full once again and we need to get the places buzzing like it was when I was last here.

“I’m confident I can score lots of points and Sheffield is one of my favourite tracks in the world. I’m really pleased to be back and racing Owlerton as my home track.”