Speedway - Panthers sign a new Danish rider

New Panthers signing Anders Thomson.
New Panthers signing Anders Thomson.
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Peterborough Panthers have signed a rider chasing a World Under 21 Final medal.

Danish prospect Anders Thomsen has been drafted in by the city side for the remainder of the Premier League season.

Thomsen arrives on loan from parent club Glasgow on a 5.68 average and will slot into the main body of the side in place of the retired Lewis Blackbird

And Panthers chief Ged Rathbone has hailed two of his existing riders - skipper Ulrich Ostergaard and Emil Grondal - for helping to attract their countryman to the East of England Showground.

Rathbone said: “This is another major coup for Peterborough Speedway as far as I am concerned.

“Numerous clubs have tried and failed to tempt Anders back into British speedway, but we have managed it.

“It is a hugely exciting signing and one that Emil and Ulrich have really helped to make happen. They are both very good friends with Anders and have sold the club to him superbly.

“They definitely deserve a big pat on the back.”

Thomsen will make his debut when Peterborough entertain Somerset in a big Bank Holiday Monday clash at the East of England Showground (3pm).

Before then, Panthers face two away meetings in as many days. They go to Ipswich tomorrow (Thursday) and then travel to Somerset on Friday.

They again call on Nicklas Porsing to guest for Ostergaard at Ipswich and operate the rider replacement facility for Blackbird.

Ostergaard is expected to make his comeback from a broken hand at Somerset the following night, but Michael Palm Toft misses that trip due to a fixture clash in his native Denmark.

Carl Wilkinson of Scunthorpe has been booked to guest with the rider replacement facility again in operation to fill the Blackbird void.