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Sheffield Tigers: Stead unsure if and when new additions will arrive

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Sheffield Tigers boss Simon Stead admits he’s unsure whether or not team changes will be made in time for next Thursday’s home meeting with Berwick.

Stead was speaking after Tigers’ 50-40 league loss at Ipswich on Thursday, which left the reigning champions bottom of the Championship.

The Owlerton legend insists no knee jerk decisions will be made by club bosses but has demanded improvement from areas of his side with a quarter of their league fixtures already completed.

“Kyle (Howarth) and Charles (Wright) did their job and so did Jack (Smith) when you look at it,” Stead said.

“He may have only scored three points, but that’s his average so by winning heat two he’s done his bit even if it was a shame he couldn’t add any more after that.

“James (Shanes) is excelling at reserve just lately and he always gives 110 per cent.

“You see that TK (Todd Kurtz) only scored three points, but I actually felt he was a bit unlucky more than anything with one or two things.

“But the problem really is in the middle order of the side.

“We know where there’s room for improvement and we know we need to up our game.

“There’s still a long way to go realistically though, but we don’t want to be falling too far behind.

“The club owners make the big decisions in terms of team changes and I can’t say whether or not more will happen, especially in time for the next meeting.

“The one side to that though is there’s no point just getting rid of someone for the sake of it.

“In speedway, you can only make changes if you’re confident there’s a suitable replacement out there who can not only come in and make the team stronger, but they also have to fit in with the group of lads who are already there.

“So we’ll wait and see if anything happens but in the meantime we just have to focus on the next meeting and do everything we can to make sure we return to winning ways.”