Blackbird flies back into Alwalton

Lewis Blackbird has returned to the Peterborough Panthers for the 2015 season.
Lewis Blackbird has returned to the Peterborough Panthers for the 2015 season.
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Peterborough Panthers are continuing their team building at a pace thanks to a second signing in as many days.

Club chiefs have today (December 10) handed a return to fans’ favourite Lewis Blackbird for the 2015 campaign.

The city-born and Cambridgeshire-based racer was a revelation during a debut season with the club in 2014 which was eventually cut short by serious injury.

He is now fully recovered from the double fracture of the lower leg and ankle sustained in a crash during his Danish League debut in early August – and he can’t wait to get back on track at Alwalton.

Blackbird said: “The Showground is a great track and Peterborough have some really good fans.

“I loved my time there last season until it ended pretty badly with injury. I’m working hard to make sure I come back an even better rider and I’m looking forward to working with the new promotion.

“I’ve set myself the target of becoming one of the heat leaders during 2015. It won’t be easy, but that’s my goal.”

Blackbird, who will race on a 6.30 average, actually becomes the fourth recruit to be unveiled by Panthers in the space of a week.

He joins captain Ulrich Ostergaard, teenage sensation Robert Lambert and the returning Adam Roynon as confirmed members of the team.

The club’s team-building activity is showing no sign of slowing down with more new faces expected later this week.

New chief Ged Rathbone said: “Lewis was a real star in his first season with the club. I’m still convinced the season would have ended very differently had it not been for losing him to injury.

“We’re delighted to welcome him back and we have done deals for two of the best British prospects around in Robert and Lewis in the space of two days.

“The team is taking shape very nicely and we are closing in on more signings.”