Speedway: Sheffield skipper Simon Stead’s call to Tigers

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Sheffield skipper Simon Stead has called on the Tigers to make Owlerton a fortress once again in their pursuit of Premier League glory in 2015.

Stead’s side will aim to end a barren run of 13 years without major silverware when they come to the tapes later this month.

The Tigers’ new-look side will link up for the first time at their press and practice day next Thursday, as they prepare for their season-opening clash with local rivals Scunthorpe seven days later.

There is a wave of optimism surrounding Sheffield entering the new campaign as they aim to put a disastrous 2014 behind them.

As they look to climb the Premier League table, an optimistic Stead has revealed he believes becoming a dominant force around their fast, sweeping home circuit could hold the key to success.

Said Stead: “It’s getting close to the season now, and I’m really looking forward to finally getting started.

“It will be good to get all the lads together at press and practice for the first time, and hopefully we can have a productive day as we prepare for the season getting underway.

“After being forced to build the team late last year the management were in a completely different scenario this time around and have put together an exciting team.

“Seeing Taylor Poole ruled out with the visa problems was a big blow and we were all gutted for him, but in Andre (Compton) we’ve got a great replacement and somebody we know will be good for plenty of points, certainly around Sheffield.

“The management seem to have assembled a side to make sure we are particularly strong at Owlwerton which is really important.

“In speedway you aren’t going to win anything at all if you can’t win and take maximum points from the majority of your home matches.

“That’s going to be vital for us this year, and I think judging by the side we’ve got we should be able to do that.

“We have a side full of potential with some really talented riders, and with the experience most of us have around Owlerton we should be confident of beating anyone around there.”