Simon Stead is on course for a 2014 track return as he steps up his recovery from a badly broken ankle.
The Tigers skipper shattered his ankle practicing in June and has been out of action since, but his rehabilitation has gone better than expected so far.
After a meeting with his surgeon on Monday, he was told he can now step up the recovery process as he aims to be fit for the start of next season.
He said: “The surgeon is really pleased with how things have gone and I can start putting some proper weight on it now.
“I’m ahead of schedule but I’m not rushing anything. I’ll start doing some swimming, jogging and cycling now to build it back up to strength. Next season is a realistic target and I’m just glad that everything is going well.”
Meanwhile, adult fans attending Sheffield’s clash with Scunthorpe at Owlerton tomorrow will be handed a £3 drinks voucher courtesy of club owner Neil Machin. The meeting is expected to be his last in charge as he has put the club up for sale and it is his way of saying thanks to the fans.