Thursday July 13, 2017
BOSS Simon Stead admits the build-up to home meetings is the hardest part of his transition from riding to team management.

The hero of many race wins over the past two decades revealed he still misses the cut and thrust of the action ahead of Sheffield Window Centre Tigers taking on Berwick at Owlerton tonight (7.30).

But as detailed in tonight’s official club programme, Stead remains adamant he made the right call to quit racing at the end of last season.

“I still ride every race with the lads, it feels quite strange,” said Stead. “I didn’t know how I would take to management but I have really enjoyed it.

“You get to mid-afternoon and start thinking about what you would have been doing to get ready for the meeting. I miss that and I miss being out there on the track at Sheffield, the support I had and everything else.”

On his role now, he continued: “You sit there with the lads trying to help which is satisfying in its own way,” said Stead.

“They listen and when you see the results we have been getting you can sense they are moving forwards and becoming better riders.”

Mitchell Davey rides at reserve in place of the injured Robert Branford for the Tigers.

Bandits number one Nick Morris will ride for Swindon if he recovers from injury in time so Glasgow and Somerset charger Richard Lawson takes his place. Georgie Wood comes in for Lee Payne at number seven.

*To read the full interview with Stead, pick up a copy of tonight’s programme which is jam-packed with content.

TIGERS: Josh Grajczonek, Todd Kurtz, Lasse Bjerre, Josh Bates, Kyle Howarth, Mitchell Davey, Nathan Stoneman.

BERWICK: Richard Lawson, Joe Jacobs, Dany Gappmaier, David Howe, Kevin Doolan, Jye Etheridge, Georgie Wood.

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