SHORT-TERM SWOOP

Tuesday June 13, 2017
PETERBOROUGH have turned to Richard Hall to fill their injury void.

The 'T Balfe Construction' Panthers have agreed a short-term deal with the 32 year-old racer to step in at reserve - subject to approval from the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA).

Hall will replace Simon Lambert, who faces surgery on a broken wrist sustained in a heat two spill in the 54-38 success against Berwick last Sunday.

Peterborough promoter Ged Rathbone said: "It's really cruel for Simon to have suffered another bad break. He's had more than his fair share of injury problems in the last few years.

"We're in a situation where we have to bring in a new rider with so many meetings coming up in quick succession.

"Richard loves the club, he loves the track and he loves the supporters at Peterborough.

"He jumped at the chance to help us out in our hour of need - even though he could have taken a permanent deal at another club.

"Richard has considerably more experience and vastly superior equipment compared to other riders on a three-point average and that's why we opted to bring him in.

"We know Richard has had some tough times of late in the sport, but he is still fondly remembered for what he did for Peterborough in 2006.

"We feel he can come in and score points straight away and we know he has something to prove after being released by Redcar earlier in the season.

"He's been out practising regularly since then and has spent over £1,000 on his machinery."

Hall famously starred in the closing stages of Peterborough's top-flight title triumph in 2006 when they mounted a magnificent Grand Final comeback to beat Reading.

He also rode for the club for much of the following season before having brief stints of Panthers' duty in 2014 and 2016.

He will make his latest Panthers debut on Sunday, when they entertain one of his former clubs - Sheffield - in an SGB Championship clash at the East of England Arena (5pm).

A guest will be booked for the home KO Cup quarter-final tie against Scunthorpe on Friday (7.30pm).

Club chiefs expect the unfortunate Lambert, who was wiped out by Berwick man Jye Etheridge, to be sidelined for between four to six weeks. He will have an operation on his injured wrist later this week.

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