Speedway: Tigers skipper adds punch to his build-up

Simon Stead
Simon Stead

Skipper Simon Stead will be punching above his weight for Sheffield next season.

Stead, born and bred in the city, was the first rider to be confirmed on the Owlerton teamsheet after confirming he will be back to full fitness for the start of the 2014 campaign.

And he will be spending hours in the gym with former European boxing champion Ryan Rhodes.

“Another couple of weeks and I will be stepping up my training,” he said.

“I’m going to be hitting the gym big time. It’s just taken me a bit longer to get to this stage than I thought it would.

“But I’m feeling good again and there is no reason why I can’t get back to my best.

“I’m going to be training with Ryan Rhodes, who had a fine boxing career, and he’s going to be pushing me hard.

“I had an issue with my shoulder last year and, as I’ve not been doing any physical exercise, I need to start pushing hard in January and February. I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“I’m walking fine now and it’s a question of really working hard in the build-up to next March when a big season starts for me.”

And Stead has given the thumbs-up to the return of Adam Roynon, who was unveiled on Thursday.

“Adam’s a great lad and a very talented speedway rider who has been unlucky with injuries,” said Stead. “He deserves a clear run and I’m delighted to see him back.”