Speedway: Ambitious Simon Stead focuses on title haul

Simon Stead in the lead - which is where he wants Sheffield to be
Simon Stead in the lead - which is where he wants Sheffield to be
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Simon Stead has revealed how he is desperate to roll back the years and bring team silverware back to Sheffield.

The Owlerton skipper won the Premier League title with his home city club in 1999 and 2002 as a youngster – and last September he wrapped up the prestigious Premier League Riders’ title on an individual basis. But he says the club is overdue some team glory and 2015 could be the year.

“It’s been a while so I’m desperate to help the club get back challenging for the trophies,” he said. “Everyone knows what Sheffield means to me, it was amazing when I was able to come back here in 2013 before suffering that injury and I was pleased for the Tigers fans when I won the PLRC last September.

“Now I want to see us challenging for the league and the Knockout Cup. We did it in 1999 and 2002; I remember those days as if they were yesterday.

“The management have shown they mean business and the countdown is now on for the start of the season.”

Stead is working hard on his fitness after having surgery on a shoulder injury. “I’m hitting the gym again, I’m working hard to be as fit as I can because over the last couple of seasons I’ve felt the benefit and I think it’s more important than ever the older you get,” he said. “The team looks good and we have an ambitious management. The fans have been very patient and I know they would love to see a successful season – looking at the league I don’t see why we can’t be challenging like we should be.”