SWINDON ROBINS: Hans wants quick resolution on future

This Is Wiltshire: Hans Andersen Hans Andersen

HANS Andersen would love nothing more than to have his future sorted by the time he flies to California on Thursday.

The Dane is riding in the Monster Energy World Speedway Invitational in City of Industry on Saturday night, but his British home for 2013 remains in doubt due to parent club Peterborough’s refusal to let him talk to Swindon Robins about a return to the team he captained to Elite League glory in 2012.

The Panthers have suggested they might be keen to use the 32-year-old next season along with Troy Batchelor, but with no concrete offers forthcoming for the pair and they, along with another potential Peterborough number one Kenneth Bjerre, remain in limbo.

Andersen has already done deals in Poland, Sweden and Denmark for next season and wants to sort his British club as soon as possible, and hinted a return to Swindon would be his first choice.

“I haven’t spoken to Peterborough for a little while, and I was hoping I would have some sort of clearance by the time I go to America, because I am not back until January 9,” he said.

“It would be nice to be sorted by then because England is the only place I haven’t done a deal yet, and I am sorted in all my other leagues.

“I have spoken to Kenneth (Bjerre) about it and he is in limbo as well, and it has been really hard to get any sort of straight answer.

“I have spoken to Peterborough and a few things have gone back and forwards, but nothing too seriously and nothing has been agreed at all.

“Coventry were given permission to talk to me apparently, but I was only told that by someone who spoke to me from Coventry. “I just think the whole asset system is on its way to collapsing, and when you see Birmingham sign a rider (Josh Auty) and then the next minute they were not given permission to talk to him, it doesn’t work.

“It is all really silly because I have no doubts I will ride in England, it is just about riding where is preferable.

“You can’t say I haven’t enjoyed myself at Swindon because we had a great time, and winning the league is always something very special.

“On paper Swindon is shaping to have a competitive side again for next season, and it would be nice to be a part of that and defend the title that we won.”

Although he has yet to seal a return to Blunsdon, Andersen has been impressed with the Robins’ team-building this winter.

“Kacper Gomolski rode at Peterborough during 2011 while I was injured and he had some really good scores and some bad ones while he was there,” he said.

“He can beat the best on his day but he can be a little inconsistent, but there is plenty of back-up strength in the side for next season.

“Edward Kennett had a nightmare season last year and he will be dead keen to come back and show it was a one off season, a change of scenery can do the world of good and I am sure it will help him.

“Kildemand is back there too, and I am sure they will have a very good team.”

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11:15am Wed 26 Dec 12

mikek says...

Need Hans back for sure great captain last season and was certainly dialed in on the Blunsdon track. Batch and Hans with Kildemand and Morris will give us some continuity which we have been looking for. Looks a decent line up with Kennett, Gomolski and Birks so the icing on the cake will be Hans and Batch. If Roscoe can get Kennett back to his best then we will have one hell of a top five with Morris to improve no doubt a great talent.
Need Hans back for sure great captain last season and was certainly dialed in on the Blunsdon track. Batch and Hans with Kildemand and Morris will give us some continuity which we have been looking for. Looks a decent line up with Kennett, Gomolski and Birks so the icing on the cake will be Hans and Batch. If Roscoe can get Kennett back to his best then we will have one hell of a top five with Morris to improve no doubt a great talent. mikek
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6:07pm Wed 26 Dec 12

gruntfuttocks says...

mikek wrote:
Need Hans back for sure great captain last season and was certainly dialed in on the Blunsdon track. Batch and Hans with Kildemand and Morris will give us some continuity which we have been looking for. Looks a decent line up with Kennett, Gomolski and Birks so the icing on the cake will be Hans and Batch. If Roscoe can get Kennett back to his best then we will have one hell of a top five with Morris to improve no doubt a great talent.
cant argue with that. Hans is a definate team player and with him, Troy and Peter all chasing for the number 1 race jacket we will prove to be a very powerful team. just need Peterborough to pull their fingers out and stop messing their riders about.
[quote][p][bold]mikek[/bold] wrote: Need Hans back for sure great captain last season and was certainly dialed in on the Blunsdon track. Batch and Hans with Kildemand and Morris will give us some continuity which we have been looking for. Looks a decent line up with Kennett, Gomolski and Birks so the icing on the cake will be Hans and Batch. If Roscoe can get Kennett back to his best then we will have one hell of a top five with Morris to improve no doubt a great talent.[/p][/quote]cant argue with that. Hans is a definate team player and with him, Troy and Peter all chasing for the number 1 race jacket we will prove to be a very powerful team. just need Peterborough to pull their fingers out and stop messing their riders about. gruntfuttocks
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9:03am Thu 27 Dec 12

swindonspur says...

mikek wrote:
Need Hans back for sure great captain last season and was certainly dialed in on the Blunsdon track. Batch and Hans with Kildemand and Morris will give us some continuity which we have been looking for. Looks a decent line up with Kennett, Gomolski and Birks so the icing on the cake will be Hans and Batch. If Roscoe can get Kennett back to his best then we will have one hell of a top five with Morris to improve no doubt a great talent.
Its all about Gomolski next season. Like you say the top 5 is strong and can't see any dropping their averages with Killer, Batch, Kennett and Morris all likely to improve theirs. If Gomolski can average around 5 then we are laughing.
[quote][p][bold]mikek[/bold] wrote: Need Hans back for sure great captain last season and was certainly dialed in on the Blunsdon track. Batch and Hans with Kildemand and Morris will give us some continuity which we have been looking for. Looks a decent line up with Kennett, Gomolski and Birks so the icing on the cake will be Hans and Batch. If Roscoe can get Kennett back to his best then we will have one hell of a top five with Morris to improve no doubt a great talent.[/p][/quote]Its all about Gomolski next season. Like you say the top 5 is strong and can't see any dropping their averages with Killer, Batch, Kennett and Morris all likely to improve theirs. If Gomolski can average around 5 then we are laughing. swindonspur
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3:10pm Wed 2 Jan 13

oldlegtrailer says...

I personally tip Birks to be another surprise package. This is one determined young man who has already tasted success at a lower level and barring injury will do well. I reckon on a 5.5 pointer by the end of the year
I personally tip Birks to be another surprise package. This is one determined young man who has already tasted success at a lower level and barring injury will do well. I reckon on a 5.5 pointer by the end of the year oldlegtrailer
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