Olly returns to his roots in a bid to restore some Panthers glory

New Panthers signings Olly Allen and Robert Lambert with co-promoters Trevor Swales and Ged Rathbone. Picture: Craig Swales

New Panthers signings Olly Allen and Robert Lambert with co-promoters Trevor Swales and Ged Rathbone. Picture: Craig Swales

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Panthers have unveiled Olly Allen as their new number one and challenged him to help the club to glory again.

Allen returns to lead the city club into battle for the 2015 campaign – some 17 years after he starred in their last Premier League title triumph.

Allen was a 16 year-old making his senior breakthrough when Panthers were crowned champions in the second tier back in 1998. He will turn 33 early next season and is now a proven points-scorer at this level.

Allen, the Premier Leaders Riders’ champion back in 2013, will form a potent Panthers spearhead along with returning skipper Ulrich Ostergaard and another major signing in hot young property Robert Lambert.

Sixteen year-old sensation Lambert will compete in the Premier League for the first time next season alongside his top-flight role at King’s Lynn.

And new club chief Ged Rathbone is licking his lips at the prospect of seeing his two flagship captures in action.

Rathbone said: “We are over the moon with a couple of very big signings.

“Peterborough is a special club to Olly after he came through the ranks and got his break here. He knows what it takes to win the Premier League and knows the fastest way around the Showground – something we saw plenty of times last season when he was an opposition rider.

“We’re banking on big points from him week in, week out and I’m sure he will prove to be a strong number one.

“Olly, like Ulrich, is a vastly experienced performer still at the top of his game and both those guys will be a great help to young Robert.

“Virtually every club in the Premier League wanted to get their hands on Robert, but we won the race and we have a hell of a talent on our hands.

“He is no ordinary teenager. He is mature, he is stylish on the bike and he is already very, very fast.

“It is a top-three that ticks all the boxes and there is no way I would swap it for that put together by any other team.”

Panthers have wasted no time in assembling their main body of their 2015 team after securing survival at the end of last month.

Allen, Ostergaard and Lambert are backed up by second strings Lewis Blackbird and Adam Roynon with only the club’s reserve riders still to be announced.

The first of those is set to be made public at the Peterborough Panthers Speedway Supporters Club (PPSSC) Christmas quiz event at the Post Office Club tomorrow night (Friday).