Speedway: Stead has sights set on rolling back the years

Simon Stead, left, gives advice to teammate Damien Koppe
Simon Stead, left, gives advice to teammate Damien Koppe
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Skipper Simon Stead is desperate to roll back the years when he takes his place back in the Sheffield side in 2014.

Stead has revealed how his early days as a youngster at Owlerton have proved to be some of the most enjoyable in his career.

He won the Premier League title with the likes of Sean Wilson and Andre Compton in 1999 and 2002 – and he insists he is hungry for more.

Since leaving his home city club at the end of the glittering 2002 campaign he has gone on to win the Elite League with Swindon and represent Great Britain in the World Cup.

But now he’s back at Owlerton for a second successive season and looking to make up for lost time after suffering a broken leg this year.

He said: “Those days when I was first starting out as a youngster were something special at Sheffield.

“To be riding alongside guys like Sean Wilson and to see the crowds week in, week out, was special for me and a really good start to my career.

“I believe that’s what this club needs now.

“It needs a successful team and the feel-good factor to come back to the place.

“Everything is in place and ready to go. We want to create a successful team and get the buzz back at Owlerton on Thursday nights.

“Everyone knows how highly regarded the stadium is, it’s got the best facilities in British Speedway and we need to match it with our performances on the track.

“I reckon we’ve made a pretty good start with team building, myself and Adam Roynon like the Sheffield track and the plans I’ve heard for the rest of the team look pretty good.

“I will always look back on 1999 and 2002 with great affection and it would mean so much to me to be involved in a team like that now I’m back at Sheffield.”