Swindon Robins release Stead

Swindon Advertiser: Simon Stead, who has been axed by Swindon Robins Simon Stead, who has been axed by Swindon Robins

SIMON Stead will not ride for Swindon Robins for a fifth straight season after yesterday being told his services were not required for the 2013 campaign.

The Yorkshireman, a hugely popular figure at Blunsdon, has Elite and Premier League clubs interested in securing his signature but will remain a Swindon asset.

The 30-year-old struggled to capture his best form for the majority of 2012 and came close to being axed not long after his testimonial meeting at the Abbey Stadium in August, but kept his place.

The former captain went on to play a crucial role in the play-offs as Swindon defeated Birmingham in the semis and Poole in the final.

He tweeted yesterday: “Just been told Ive been released from Swindon,can't believe it.To the fans, thank u,u have been amazing.”

Robins boss Alun Rossiter admitted it had been tough to tell the ex-Coventry man he was not needed for next season.

“Steady has been very popular here but sometimes you have to make hard decisions,” said Rossiter.

“I've been in the same situation myself as a rider, unfortunately it happens.”

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10:09am Mon 26 Nov 12

tylers8 says...

So very sad ... such a fans favourite and a real nice guy!! Began to hit top form at the end of the season and played a big part in the final to help us become champions . Would like to say a BIG thank you to Simon and to wish him the very best for the future .
So very sad ... such a fans favourite and a real nice guy!! Began to hit top form at the end of the season and played a big part in the final to help us become champions . Would like to say a BIG thank you to Simon and to wish him the very best for the future . tylers8

7:21pm Mon 26 Nov 12

faatmaan says...

it would appear only part of the reason for his poor form is being disclosed, there was an end of season forum at the Moonrakers last week, the true reason was openly discussed, so why are we losing Stead, and why has the Adver and others been economical with reporting
it would appear only part of the reason for his poor form is being disclosed, there was an end of season forum at the Moonrakers last week, the true reason was openly discussed, so why are we losing Stead, and why has the Adver and others been economical with reporting faatmaan

8:50pm Mon 26 Nov 12

mikek says...

Great guy Simon and will be missed and will bet he has a stormer next season but he was shocking last season and from heat leader to reserve says it all. Struggled for too long and the little bit of form at the end was not enough. To get Killer, Hans, Batch, Doyle and Morris back in will leave us little room for Stead so he is obviously being sacrificed. Good luck Simon and thanks for the many good times
Great guy Simon and will be missed and will bet he has a stormer next season but he was shocking last season and from heat leader to reserve says it all. Struggled for too long and the little bit of form at the end was not enough. To get Killer, Hans, Batch, Doyle and Morris back in will leave us little room for Stead so he is obviously being sacrificed. Good luck Simon and thanks for the many good times mikek

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