PERKS JOINS PANTHERS

Friday June 08, 2018
PETERBOROUGH have moved to bring Ellis Perks back to British racing – and he will make his debut at the East of England Arena on Sunday.

21-year-old Perks was a regular in the UK from 2015-17, starting his career in the National League with Cradley, and enjoying a breakthrough campaign at Championship level with Redcar last year.

But with an average of just under five, he was surprisingly left on the sidelines over the winter and so remained in Australia awaiting an opportunity.

He now comes in for the T.Balfe Construction Panthers as a short-term replacement for the injured Emil Grondal, and will line up at No.2 against Glasgow on Sunday.
Promoter Ged Rathbone said: “Ellis is a rider who we’ve been in touch with before, and this is a big opportunity for him.

“He had a really good season last year with Redcar and was also called up to ride for the Great Britain Under-21s, and he was very unfortunate not to get a team place over the winter.

“This is his chance now to put himself in the shop window for every club, he has five meetings with us this month and we can then look at things when Emil is fit, which at the moment is looking like July. Ellis can give us a decision to make.

“We all felt that running rider-replacement for Emil for a length of time wasn’t the answer. It puts far too much pressure on our reserves, and that would be made even worse if we were to pick up another injury during a meeting. That’s why we wanted to make a signing, which of course we did last week before Edward Kennett was injured himself.

“Another thing we’ve looked at is Ellis’s results at the tracks we’re visiting this month. He scored nine paid ten at Scunthorpe last season, and of course he knows Redcar extremely well having ridden there and scored well during 2017.

“He arrives back in the UK today, he is well set up already with equipment over here and we’re looking forward to him joining us on Sunday.”
Panthers travel to Glasgow tonight (7.30pm) before hosting the return against the Tigers on Sunday (5pm).

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