SPEEDWAY: Robins secure Andersen return
9:54am Monday 28th January 2013 in Sport
ELITE League Speedway champions Swindon have finally confirmed the return of Danish star Hans Andersen for the defence of their title.
The Excalibur Communications Robins concluded a new deal for the rider over the weekend and he joins in a loan deal from Peterborough.
It means the Blunsdon club are edging closer to completing their exciting line-up for the 2013 season and club co-owner Gary Patchett is pleased to finally get his man.
He said: "We are delighted to finally be in a position to welcome last year's captain back to the Abbey.
"We were given permission to speak to Hans on Friday by the B.S.P.A. and wasted no time in making contact with him.
"He is a rider of immense quality and brings an extra dimension to the captain's role. He is equally valuable in the pits as on the track and the fantastic team spirit shown last year was due in no small part to him.
"He joins us on loan initially but I would not discount revisiting our earlier offer to purchase Hans as Peterborough appear to want a clean break.
"Obviously the situation regarding Troy Batchelor will have a bearing and I firmly believe that transfer fees should be reached by negotiation rather than obligation."
Excalibur Communications Robins won the league title in a thrilling Grand Final with Poole last October and Andersen joins Nick Morris and Peter Kildemand in returning for the new season - with Troy Batchelor hoping to join them.
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