Johnson gets the nod to continue as team boss

Carl Johnson (left) with Trevor Swales.
Carl Johnson (left) with Trevor Swales.
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Rookie boss Carl Johnson insists he is the right man to lead Panthers into Premier League battle next year.

Johnson, a former rider, supporter and machine examiner for the club, has got the nod from new chief Ged Rathbone to continue a reign which began last June.

And he is licking his lips at the prospect of taking charge of a side that has quickly taken shape following a successful fight for survival.

The 2015 team is close to completion after Simon Lambert was unveiled as their sixth signing of the winter at a supporters’ bash late last week.

The 25 year-old, who lives near Spalding, has settled into a reserve berth on a 3.73 average and his capture follows those of number one Olly Allen, skipper Ulrich Ostergaard, teen ace Robert Lambert, fans’ favourite Lewis Blackbird and the returning Adam Roynon.

Johnson said: “I’m very pleased to be given the chance to carry on.

“I believe I’m right for the job and it is nice that the new promotion feel the same way.

“The team that has been put together really excites me. It is full of honest racers who will work hard for each other and for the club.

“Fingers crossed we can steer clear of injuries and have a really good go at trying to win some silverware.”

All that remains is for a bottom-end partner for Lambert to be unveiled, but that is not expected to happen in the immediate future.

Johnson added: “Simon is an experienced rider at Premier League level and he is very confident that he can have a good season.

“Riding on his doorstep at Peterborough is only going to help him and I feel sure he can do the business for us at reserve.

“We are now assessing our options for the final rider and we need to take our time to arrive at the right person for the job.”

Panthers bosses could appoint an advisor to Johnson ahead of the 2015 campaign.