Saturday August 27, 2020
Top Danish star Kenneth Bjerre is on his way back to Peterborough as part of the club’s sensational rebuild.

Bjerre has agreed a late-season deal to join the ‘T Balfe Construction’ Panthers’ mission to reach the Premier League play-offs and challenge for title glory.

He is a already a fine Peterborough servant after spending seven seasons with the club during their Elite League days . . . and now he is back along with another familiar face from the top-flight era.

Club chiefs have handed Richard Hall a return 10 years after he helped Peterborough capture the Elite League title in unforgettable fashion in 2006.

Both riders will make their debuts next Sunday (September 4) when Panthers take on Rye House and Workington in a crucial double-header at the East of England Showground.

It brings the total of new signings in the last 24 hours to four as promoter Ged Rathbone plots a challenge for honours with the club fighting to remain in the top-six of the standings.

Bjerre and Hall follow Anders Thomsen and Danny Halsey into the radically revamped Peterborough team. Those two men will make their first appearances against Redcar on Bank Holiday Monday (7pm).

Rathbone said: “I’ve said it in print, I’ve said it on air and I told all the fans present at the Showground last night . . . I want a team capable of winning trophies.

“I will never settle for mediocrity and I will certainly not allow our season to drift away in the way that has been looking likely.

“We could have sat back and hoped for the best with the team that we had been tracking, or we could have just made one or two changes to try to improve things.

“But we’ve gone all out and put together a one-to-seven which I feel can rival any in the Premier League.

“To be able to bring Kenneth in is a massive coup. Along with the capture of Craig Cook back in May, I think it is safe to say we have now made the two biggest signings of the season at this level.

“And I can’t speak highly enough of Kenneth’s attitude when he contacted him. He never managed to win a trophy with the club when riding here in the Elite League era, and he is determined to help us do that this year.

“Richard does of course know what it is like to sample glory in Peterborough colours and it is great to be able to give him the chance to do it again 10 years on.

“He is on an absolute steal of an average and I’m confident that being back at the Showground will allow him to start progressing in the sport again.

“Not many teams at this level could bring in a former World Championship leader and Elite League title-winner at the same time.

“Hopefully our fans will appreciate the hard work that has gone into rebuilding the team after also announcing the signings of Anders and Danny yesterday.

“The challenge now is to all move forward together – supporters, management, riders and staff – to do everything we can to make 2016 a success.”

Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen and Ashley Morris are the latest two men to make way after the exits of Tom Perry and Emil Grondal were confirmed last night.

Busk Jakobsen and Morris are scheduled to make farewell appearances when Peterborough entertain Redcar at the East of England Showground on Bank Holiday Monday (7pm).

Rathbone added: “As I said last night, it is never easy to have to let any riders go. But we’re in a position where we need to act to give ourselves the best opportunity of challenging for silverware.

“Ashley has exceeded our expectations since he came into the team in early July after Simon Lambert suffered injuries which have ended his season.

“He can count himself very unfortunate to be released, but we had to crunch the numbers and he accepts that.

“In fact he is very grateful for the opportunity we have given him at Premier League level and he is a rider who will be very much in our thoughts when we put our team together for 2017.

“It hasn’t worked out for Nikolaj as we hoped when signing him. We felt this would be a season in which he would kick on after making his British debut in 2015, but he hasn’t scored the points we wanted and needed from him.”

The new Peterborough ‘T Balfe Construction’ Panthers line-up: Craig Cook (av 9.96), Kenneth Bjerre (8.22),Ulrich Ostergaard (8.08), Anders Thomsen (6.62), Richard Hall (3.29), Zdenek Holub (3.00), Danny Halsey (3.00).

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