Panthers first signing for 2019 is a British title-winning star

Chris Harris riding for Panthers in 2017.
Chris Harris riding for Panthers in 2017.
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Peterborough Panthers have made an SGB Premiership title-winning specialist the first signing of the new era.

The city club have this morning (December 4) completed the capture of popular British star Chris Harris.

The 36 year-old former Grand Prix ace has enjoyed two previous spells in Panthers colours and helped them to SGB Championship Fours and KO Cup success in 2017.

But he now returns for 2019 with Panthers having climbed back into the big-time and it is at this level where Harris has enjoyed great success.

He helped Coventry to top-flight glory three times before also starring for Poole as they won the crown last season.

Panthers promoter Ged Rathbone said: “Chris loved his time at Peterborough in the past and we’re absolutely over the moon that he has chosen to come back to us.

“We saw what he can still do in the play-offs when helping Poole to glory this year and hopefully he can do that for us while enjoying his speedway again.

“It’s a really good move for Chris as there’s not too much travelling involved for him to get to Peterborough, and it’s a very strong start to our team building.”

And Harris is delighted to be back at a club who gave him his first break in the top-flight all the way back in 2003 as well as those second-tier successes in 2017.

He said: “I’m very pleased to be back at Peterborough. It’s a really good track, the management there are great and the fans have always made me welcome.

“It’s fantastic to see Peterborough in the top league again and it looks like they’re assembling a really competitive team.”

Harris is expected to arrive on a 7.78 average. SGB Premiership sides have 42.5 points available for team building.