Panthers building a team capable of winning the title says Rathbone

New Panthers signing Tom Perry in action. Picture: Jeff Davies
New Panthers signing Tom Perry in action. Picture: Jeff Davies
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Promoter Ged Rathbone reckons another Panthers team capable of challenging for the Premier League title is taking shape.

Three members of the city side for 2016 are now known following the captures of highly-rated Danish prospect Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen and British talent Tom Perry in recent days.

Busk Jakobsen has arrived on loan from second tier rivals Rye House on what Rathbone believes is a bargain 6.91 average while former British Under 21 Championship runners-up and two-time National League title-winner Perry has been drafted in to fill the three-point reserve berth,

They join the returning Michael Palm Toft with Rathbone confident the foundations are being laid for another successful campaign following Panthers’ charge into the semi-finals of the play-offs last term despite being plagued by major injury problems.

Rathbone said: “It was important to get Michael back on board as he has plenty of scope for improvement and we have followed that up with two very pleasing arrivals.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Nikolaj could turn out to be one of the signings of the winter. He had a really solid start to his British career last season and has immense potential. He scored 15 points in the World Under 21 Team Cup final the other week and I’m confident he will kick on next season.

“And there won’t be many better riders in the number seven role than Tom either. He was already on our radar long before the new rule about tracking a British rider on a three-point average at number seven was introduced.

“He has experience of all three British leagues and is used to being successful after winning the National League title in the last two years.

“These signings will hopefully show everyone that we mean business. We will never merely be here to make the numbers up. Challenging for the title is the minimum requirement and I feel we are building a team capable of doing that.”