Wednesday November 04, 2020
PETERBOROUGH have made Michael Palm Toft the first member of their 2016 team - but they are demanding more from the Dane.

Palm Toft impressed for thre Readypower Panthers after being snapped up on the eve of last season as a replacement for the injured Adam Roynon.

His form earned him a permanent spot in the side and he increased his average by more than a point to end the Premier League campaign with a figure of 5.96 next to his name.

But promoter Ged Rathbone believes there is scope for further improvement next year if MPT can solve his starting problems.

Rathbone said: "Michael was the obvious man to make our first signing for 2016 and he jumped at the chance to return.

"We didn't even have to talk about money because he was so keen to be a Panthers rider again and we're delighted to have him on board.

"He featured in every possible line-up we brought to the table and was guaranteed to be in the side regardless of which direction we eventually choose to go in.

"Not only is he a very popular rider, he is a capable one as well as his performances last season proved.

"He regularly thrilled the supporters at the East of England Showground with some brilliant rides from the back, but he is well aware of the need to improve his starting.

"It might not be quite so exciting for the fans, but we need him to be making good starts and making his own life easier as a result.

"We'll be working with him on and off the track during the winter to ensure he has the necessary machinery to be better from the tapes.

"If we can manage that there is no reason why he can't put another half-a-point on his average."

And Rathbone hopes the capture of MPT will swiftly be followed by further signings.

Talks are ongoing with a number of riders from 2015 as well as potential new signings.

He added: "We are very close to getting more deals done and things are taking shape nicely behind the scenes."

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