Wednesday November 11, 2020
PETERBOROUGH boss Ged Rathbone believes Tom Perry is the perfect rider to fill the club's number seven berth.

The Readypower Panthers have confirmed the capture of the 22 year-old rising star this morning as the third member of their 2016 team.

Under new British Speedway Promoters' Association rules, each Premier League club must track a three-point British reserve who is also eligible to race in the National League.

Perry meets that criteria and Rathbone is excited about the prospect of working with a rider who boasts experience of all three levels of British speedway.

Perry spent a season-and-a-half with Somerset in the Premier League and also had a brief stint at this level with Scunthorpe.

He raced in the top-flight in 2014 when representing Wolverhampton and Leicester as a fast-track reserve.

Perry is also no stranger to success having captured back-to-back National League titles in the last two years with Cradley and Birmingham.

Rathbone said: "Tom has consistently been one of the best riders in the National League in recent years and he also has the valuable experience of riding in the Premier and Elite leagues.

"I can honestly say he was on our radar even before the new rule was there in black and white, and I'm very happy to have a deal done and dusted.

"He ticks every box in that he has the talent and desire to make the most of the opportunity he has been given.

"He is down-to-earth and determined, and I am confident he will fit in with the way we like to do things.

"He is also a true racer who will entertain the fans and I don't think there will be many better riders at number seven around the league."

Rathbone revealed club asset Danny Phillips was also under consideration for the Panthers berth, but he feels the opportunity came too soon for the teenager from the North-East.

"Danny has done plenty of laps around the Showground and showed what he is capable of with some very strong performances in the National League towards the end of last season," added Rathbone.

"But we feel it is a bit too early for him to take the next step and become a regular Peterborough rider. It is certainly something we hope happens in the future and we will do all we can to help secure him team spots elsewhere for 2016.

"A number of Premier League teams are speaking to him at the moment and I'm sure he'll be back racing in the National League as well."

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