SPEEDWAY: Panthers sign a two-time title winner

Tom Perry hasa signed for Peterborough Panthers. Photo: Jeff Davies.
Tom Perry hasa signed for Peterborough Panthers. Photo: Jeff Davies.
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Title-winner Tom Perry has become the third member of the Peterborough Panthers team for 2016.

The 22 year-old, who has sampled National League glory in the past two seasons with Cradley and Birmingham, steps up to Premier League level with the city club.

All second tier sides must now track a three-point British reserve in the number seven berth under new British Speedway Promoters’ Association rules - and Panthers supremo Ged Rathbone believes there will be few better than Perry.

He said: “Tom ticks every box and is a rider who was on our radar even before the new rule was set in stone.

“He has the experience of racing at all three levels of British speedway and he has talent and desire to make the most of the opportunity we are giving him.

“He is also a true racer who will entertain the fans and I don’t think there will be many better riders at number seven around the league.”

Perry is a former British Under 21 Championship runner-up who also represented Great Britain in a World Under 21 Team Cup semi-final.

He is no stranger to the Premier League after spending a season-and-a-half with Somerset and he also had a brief stint at Scunthorpe at this level.

Perry also raced in the Elite League in 2014 when representing Wolverhampton and Leicester as a fast-track reserve.

He now joins Danish aces Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen and Michael Palm Toft in a Panthers team quickly taking shape ahead of next season.

Rathbone revealed club asset Danny Phillips was also under consideration for the number seven spot, but came to the conclusion is was too soon to throw the teenager into the fold.

Phillips is, however, attracting interest from other Premier League outfits.