SWINDON ROBINS: Hans wants quick resolution on future
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.”