Panthers promoter Swales has high hopes for the 2015 season

Management and fans turned up at a damp and gloomy Showground at the weekend to carry out maintenance work in preparation for the new season.  Pictured from the left are Carl Johnson, Trevor Swales and Ged Rathbone. Photo: Kevin Goodacre
Management and fans turned up at a damp and gloomy Showground at the weekend to carry out maintenance work in preparation for the new season. Pictured from the left are Carl Johnson, Trevor Swales and Ged Rathbone. Photo: Kevin Goodacre
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Peterborough Panthers co-promoter Trevor Swales is backing his big-hitters to pack a punch in the new Premier League season.

Swales expects winter recruit Olly Allen and returning captain Ulrich Ostergaard to form a potent spearhead as the city club bid to end an honours drought now stretching back almost eight years to an Elite Shield success in the early days of the 2007 campaign.

He believes Allen has scope to improve a hefty 8.93 average after returning to a club where he sampled Conference League and Premier League success as a youngster in the late 1990s.

And Swales is confident Ostergaard will also kick on again after a terrific 2014 in which he slapped close to one-and-a-half points onto an average that now stands at 8.00.

Swales said: “Olly and Ulrich are both virtually unbeatable around the Showground when at their best.

“They are two proven performers at this level and I wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised if they both pick up from where they left off in 2014 and put more on their averages.

“Olly is a former Premier League Riders champion while Ulrich was top of the averages at this level a few years ago.

“They can ride all types of tracks – big, small, fast, slow - and they also have so much to offer the other members of the team.

“Their knowledge and experience will come in really useful and they are both team men through and through.

“I’m expecting the team spirit to be absolutely superb as so many of the guys have either ridden together for Peterborough in the past or know each other well.

“I have always been a firm believer that a good atmosphere in the pits can be worth points on the track.”

And Swales revealed he and new club chief Ged Rathbone are delighted to have assembled a team containing six British riders for next season.

Skipper Ostergaard, a Dane, is the only foreign rider in a line-up featuring number one Allen, teenager Robert Lambert, namesake Simon Lambert, fellow reserve Ollie Greenwood, and second strings Lewis Blackbird and Adam Roynon.

Swales added: “I must admit it is not something we necessarily did by design, but we are very pleased all the same to offer places to so many British riders.

“It is important that our own riders have opportunities and they are certainly getting that here at Peterborough.

“And even Ulrich is close to being an adopted Brit after riding over here for more than decade. He speaks English better than some Englishmen!”

Panthers have confirmed Readypower – the company of club co-owners Rick Frost and Julie Mahoney – will act as main team sponsors for the 2015 season.

The club have refused to disclose the value of the deal.

Readypower are also sponsoring Elite League champions Poole for the next two years.