PANTHERS MOVE FOR MORRIS

Monday July 11, 2020
PETERBOROUGH are closing in on the capture of British talent Ashley Morris.

The ‘T Balfe Construction’ Panthers have agreed a short-term deal with the Midlands man and the move awaits the ratification of the British Speedway Promoters’ Association (BSPA) management committee.

Morris (22) boasts a Premier League average of 4.65 and has been lined up to replace injury victim Simon Lambert for the next 28 days.

He will actually slot into the Peterborough septet at reserve with Emil Grondal rising back into the main body of the side.

Providing the deal gets the green light from the sport’s governing body, Morris will make his debut against Scunthorpe in a crucial Premier League clash tomorrow night (Tuesday, 7.30pm) at the East of England Showground.

“It is a move which suits both parties really well,” said Peterborough promoter Ged Rathbone.

“We were very keen to draft in a short-term signing given the current situation where we could be without Simon for the next couple of months.

“We didn’t feel we could go down the rider replacement route for that length of time as it would place too much of a burden on the bottom end of the team.

“And Ashley jumped at the chance to come on board. He is keen to test himself in the Premier League again and this short-term move will certainly put him in the shop window.

“Ashley might only be 22 but he boasts considerably more experience than many older riders. He has raced at all three levels of British speedway and I’m confident he will make the most of this opportunity.”

Morris, a former British Under 15 champion and British Under 21 international, currently rides for National League side Cradley.

But he is no stranger to the second tier of the sport after spells at Edinburgh, Workington, Plymouth, Ipswich and Scunthorpe stretching back to 2010.

His latest stint at this level was cut short by the Scorpions early this season when he was squeezed out of their side due to a reshuffle.

Morris has also raced for parent club Wolverhampton and King’s Lynn as part of the Fast Track system in the Elite League.

Picture: ALEX SUMMERFIELD

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