Ostergaard sets sights on silverware

Ulrich Ostergaard in action against Rye House. Picture: David Lowndes

Ulrich Ostergaard in action against Rye House. Picture: David Lowndes

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Panthers captain Ulrich Ostergaard has set his sights on silverware after becoming a full asset of the current promotion.

Club supremo Ged Rathbone has thrashed out a deal for the full transfer of the 34 year-old fans’ favourite from previous promoters Rick Frost and Julie Mahoney.

Ostergaard is no stranger to success in these parts after being a member of the Elite League title-winning team of 2006. He had a couple of other briefs spells with Panthers in the top-flight before returning for their move into Premier League racing ahead of last season.

He piled almost one-and-a-half points on his average during a fine 2014 campaign and is again in terrific form in the early weeks of the current season.

Rathbone is also the Danish rider’s sponsor and mentor and only became associated with Panthers after Ostergaard secured a move back to the club ahead of last season.

Ostergaard said: “Peterborough has always been a special place for me since I was lucky enough to be part of the team that won the Elite League.

“Ged is a really ambitious guy and I’m really proud to be a full asset.

“He has put a lot of faith in me as a rider since we started working together three years ago and I can’t thank him enough for what he has done for me.

“I just hope I can pay him back with some trophies and I definitely think we are capable of doing that.”

Ostergaard becomes the second asset of the Rathbone-led promotion. Highly-rated youngster Danny Phillips, who is thought to have a big future in Panthers’ colours, was snapped up on the eve of the 2015 season.

Rathbone said: “We are delighted to sign Ulrich on a full transfer and we feel it is a fantastic bit of business for the club.

“He is our captain and a massively dependable rider who we believe we can build a team around.

“He is a major part of our plans going forward and this is the only club where Ulrich wants to ride.

“We are working to a budget and we have to spend extremely wisely. We feel we have done that as buying Ulrich means we will not have to pay a loan fee annually.”