Pan­thers bosses vowto fight the good fight over prize as­sets

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Speedway - ByMarkPlum­mer mark. plum­mer@ jpress. co. uk @ PTMarkPlum­mer

Pan­thers boss­esare vigourously fight­ing for­what they be­lieveis right. The city club have be­comeem­broiled in a win­ter war with Elite League ri­vals King’s Lynn and Swin­don over their rid­ing tal­ent. Lyn­nwant to take Pan­thers as­setNiels Kris­tian Iversen on loan for a third suc­ces­sive year and the Bri­tish Speed­way Pro­mot­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion ( BSPA) have given the­move the green light. Pan­thers re­sponded by ap­peal­ing on the grounds of in­con­sis­tency. They in­sist Lynn made an il­le­gal ap­proach for Iversen, jus­tas­they­did­forCoven­try as­set Rory Schlein, who they­w­erethen­forced­to­buyon a full trans­fer. They stress, how­ever, that they­havenobeefwith­therider him­self. Reign­ing cham­pi­ons Swin­don want to sign Hans An­der­sen and Troy Batch­e­lor again af­ter both rid­ers helped themto the ti­tle last year. Pan­thers claim to have re­ceived of­fi­cial BSPA cor­re­spon­dence stat­ing that Batch­e­lor, who does not fea­ture in theirown­plans­fornextsea­son, canon­ly­moveon­a­full­trans­fer. They say the rul­ing was madein lightof state­ments the Aus­tralian­made in the me­dia. Swin­don re­fute that rul­ing and­still­be­lievethey­will­be­able tosignBatch­e­loron­loana­gain. They also re­tain high hopes of tak­ing An­der­sen back to the Abbey Sta­dium. The Dan­ish racer has snubbed two of­fers from Pan­ther­store­turn­tothe­club­hein­spi­ra­tional­lyled­toEliteLeague hon­ours­back in2006. An­der­sen’s ad­vis­ers have sug­gested pub­licly that the termsof­fered­byPan­ther­swere derisory. Club bosses pre­dictably in­sist that is­not the case. Pan­ther­shave also re­ceived an of­fer from Swin­don to sign An­der­senon­a­full­trans­fer, but it­fell­well­short­oftheirown­val­u­a­tionof a rid­er­who, at the age of 32, could­well have plenty of year­sof­speed­waystil­la­headof him. The Robins re­turned with an im­proved bid but, ac­cord­ing­to­coown­erJulieMa­honey, they swiftly with­drewit. Theythenasked­for­per­mis­sion to ap­proach an­other Pan­thers­man, Ken­nethB­jerre, but that­was in­stantly re­jected. Here­mains odds- on to race forPan­thers again in 2013. The Iversen, An­der­sen and Batch­e­lor mat­ters re­main un­re­solved. The­yare­set­tofea­ture on the agenda of a BSPAMan­age­ment Com­mit­tee meet­ing onTues­day. Pan­thers had cho­sen not to speak pub­licly over the sit­u­a­tio­nun­til­re­cent­dayswhenMa­honey is­sued a full state­ment to thePeter­bor­oughTele­graph. Herex­ten­sivethoughts on­all three burn­ing is­sues­canbe foundon­www. peter­bor­ough to­day. co. uk/ sport

TroyBatch­e­lor is al­sowant­ed­bySwin­don.

Han­sAn­der­seniswant­ed­bySwin­don.

Lyn­ntar­get Niels Kris­tian Iversen.

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