Porsing insists Panthers is not a backward step

Nicklas Porsing riding as a guest for Panthers last season.
Nicklas Porsing riding as a guest for Panthers last season.
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Major signing Nicklas Porsing insists he has not taken a step backwards by joining Panthers.

The Danish talent is gearing up for his first season at Premier League level after joining the city outfit on loan from top-flight parent club King’s Lynn.

His capture on a 6.58 average is seen as a coup as a Panthers team packed full of potential bid to better their surge to the semi-finals of the play-offs last season.

Porsing said: “I think it will be a very good move for me. I like the Peterborough track after riding it a couple of times last season as a guest.

“I don’t feel that racing in the Premier League is a step down and I wouldn’t have decided to do it if that was the case.

“I see it as a challenge to score a lot of points, to learn new tracks and to continue to develop as a rider.

“My target is to improve my average and show the fans I am a racer.

“I believe I can do that at Peterborough as it is a fast track with lots of lines. It is one I’m happy to have as my home.

“I had a lot of offers from clubs in the Premier League, but this is the only one I was ever going to consider.

“I’m looking forward to riding for a good club, with a great track and with so many other Danes.”

Porsing is one of five Danish riders in the city team for 2016, joining captain Ulrich Ostergaard, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, Michael Palm Toft and Emil Grondal. Brits Simon Lambert and Tom Perry complete the septet.

A third British rider will act as the club’s number eight after being added to the squad today.

Holbeach-based Tom Stokes, who is well-known to joint team boss Dale Allitt, will occupy that role after impressing.

Stokes (21), whose father John was a Panthers rider back in the 1980s, raced for Allitt at National League level in the past two seasons.

Allitt said: “Tom is a rider with huge determination and a big heart, who wants to progress.

“He commanded the number one spot in the Young Stars last season despite still only being 21.

“Being involved in a Premier League set-up is next step for him and it will also give us options in the future.”

The start of the new season is drawing closer with Ostergaard’s ‘10 Year Spectacular’ testimonial event taking place at the East of England Showground on Sunday, March 13 (2pm).

Before then the club stage their Press and Practice event at Alwalton on Friday, March 11.