Young Danish ace Grondal has got what it takes to be a Panthers star

Emil Grondal (right) will be back at Panthers next season.
Emil Grondal (right) will be back at Panthers next season.
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Panthers promoter Ged Rathbone has told Emil Grondal to make a name for himself in his first full Premier League season.

The highly-rated Danish ace has been handed a return to the East of England Showground in 2016 after impressing club chiefs with his efforts during his first foray into British speedway earlier this year.

World Under 21 finalist Grondal was drafted in by Panthers during the summer and saw his initial assessed average of 7.00 drop to a final figure of 5.12 as he ended the campaign in a reserve berth.

But Rathbone is confident that experience will help the 20 year-old become a success story next term.

Rathbone said: “Emil was desperate to become a Peterborough rider last season and brought all his own equipment over to show us what he could do around the Showground.

“We liked what we saw from him, we liked his attitude and we decided to take the gamble of giving him a team spot.

“It is very tough for a newcomer to Britain to maintain an assessed average and although Emil’s figure understandably fell, he did more than enough to suggest he can be a star at this level.

“He has excellent pedigree, excellent equipment and a desire to be successful.

“He knows exactly what British speedway is about now and the experience of riding at a number of away tracks is only going to help him.

“We saw on several occasions that he is capable of piling up the points at the Showground and I’m only expecting his average to go in one direction in 2016 . . . and that’s upwards!”

Grondal could also start the new campaign at reserve, or find himself in a main body berth, depending on the direction the club go in with their remaining two signings.

He becomes the fourth Danish capture among five confirmed Panthers signings so far this winter.

He joins captain Ulrich Ostergaard (7.87), new recruit Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen (6.91), the returning Michael Palm Toft (5.96) and British reserve Tom Perry (3.00) in the line-up for 2016.

It means club bosses have 13.64 of their available 42.50 team-building limit remaining to complete their side for next season.

Rathbone has also confirmed the club’s four-man managerial team – also featuring fellow promoter Trevor Swales, and joint team bosses Carl Johnson and Dale Allitt – will remain in place for next season.

Sports therapist Lauren Wood is also to return.