A proud moment for Owlerton’s true Brit

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Sheffielder Simon Stead has spoken of his excitement ahead of the Speedway World Cup Final in Poland tonight.

The Tigers skipper will represent Great Britain in their first Final since 2010. A super show from Stead at King’s Lynn last weekend helped Team GB stun favourites Australia to book their spot in the Final. They will take on hosts Poland, defending champions Denmark and Australia.

Stead’s appearance on the biggest stage will mark a remarkable journey after he suffered a badly broken leg which threatened his career last year.

Said Stead: “To be riding in a World Cup Final is a massively exciting moment. We did a great job down at King’s Lynn and to end up winning the meeting was a proud moment. I don’t think many people expected us to do so well but that motivated us to prove a point. It’s the first time Britain have been in a World Cup Final since 2010, so to be a part of that is a really proud moment.

“If you’d have said 12 months ago I’d be riding for my country again in a World Cup Final I’d probably not have believed you, so I’m really excited for the weekend and looking to make the most of the opportunity.”

Stead added: “We go there with a lot of belief as a team that we can really do something. We know it’s going to be tough but we will give it our all and we think we can do well.

“Hopefully I can make some more starts and have another good night personally, and as a team we can all pull together like we did at King’s Lynn to put in another strong performance.”

Sheffield’s trip to Plymouth last night was postponed.