Thursday January 21, 2021
PETERBOROUGH chief Ged Rathbone insists the long wait has been worthwhile to land one of his biggest winter targets.

Panthers can this morning confirm the capture of Danish star Nicklas Porsing to complete their team for the 2016 season.

The 23 year-old talent will slot into the Peterborough line-up on a converted average of 6.58 for his debut Premier League season.

And Rathbone is convinced he has snapped up a real gem on loan from Elite League side King's Lynn, where he has spent the past two-and-a-half seasons.

Rathbone said: "Nicklas has been on our radar for several months and we're thrilled to have been able to strike a deal with him.

"He could not be more determined to prove himself in the Premier League so much so that he has put it above riding in Poland.

“I feel sure he will quickly demonstrate that he is a top talent on an absolute steal of an average.

"Nicklas impressed everyone when he guested for us on a couple of occasions last season and I can't wait to see him racing week in, week out in a Peterborough suit.

"He has already showed his liking for the East of England Showground and the fact he is a pure racer will serve him well in the Premier League.

"I am also delighted that we have been able to use our strong links with King's Lynn, through Dale Allitt, to our advantage again.

"Our move to sign Nicklas certainly wouldn’t have happened without Dale and it has the full blessing of the Stars. We thank them massively for their co-operation in recent days."

Porsing's bargain average means the chosen Peterborough septet - which also includes captain Ulrich Ostergaard, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, Michael Palm Toft, Simon Lambert, Emil Grondal and Tom Perry - will come in almost two points under the team-building limit.

But Rathbone is adamant he has assembled a team based on ability rather than figures.

"Some people may see it as a gamble to come in under the points limit," continued Rathbone. "But we haven't signed names, and we certainly haven't signed numbers.

"What we have done is sign the riders we believe will create a team capable of challenging for the title again.

"I am confident we have selected one of the leading British riders at reserve in Tom and I feel we have six other men who are all capable of vastly increasing their averages.

"We have three guys capable of being number one in Nicklas, Nikolaj and Ulrich and we have stacks of strength in depth.

"It is a team which really excites me and I would not swap any of our riders for any others who are available.

"But, on the other hand, the fact we do have such a large chunk of points to play with means that no-one can rest on their laurels."

Panthers fans won't have to wait long to see final signing Porsing in the flesh . . . he is flying into the country to attend the Peterborough Panthers Speedway Supporters' Club quiz bash at the Post Office Club tomorrow night (Friday).

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