Grondal can be the trump card

Emil Grondal in action against Edinburgh.
Emil Grondal in action against Edinburgh.

Joint boss Carl Johnson is tipping prolific reserve Emil Grondal to be a trump card in Panthers’ quest for Premier League glory . . . even though he has never set eyes on the Edinburgh track before.

Johnson reckons the Danish ace will love the tight Armadale circuit when Panthers travel to Scotland for a semi-final second leg showdown tomorrow.

World Under 21 finalist Grondal is known to be a fan of small tracks and showed his prowess when piling up a paid 16-point haul in a victory at Rye House last month.

Johnson, in charge of team affairs with Dale Allitt, said: “It’s a case of the smaller and the slicker the better as far as Emil is concerned.

“He loves tracks like that and showed at Rye House how good he is at getting around them.

“Edinburgh will probably have a bit more dirt on than Rye did, but I think it will be right up his street and I feel sure he can be trump card for us.”

And Johnson believes Panthers will arrive in Scotland tomorrow boasting a better team than when successful on Monarchs shale back in August.

They won 45-44 in that league fixture with guest Ricky Wells racking up 15 points and Robert Lambert, who was later sacked by the club, adding another nine.

Johnson added: “There is no doubt in my mind we now have a stronger team than we did on that occasion back in August.

“We’ve brought in Ben Barker and Anders Thomsen since then and they have both been terrific additions to the team while Emil also missed the last meeting there due to a World Under 21 round.”