Robins back for Andersen and Batchelor following Bjerre signing

This Is Wiltshire: Swindon Robins have once again asked for permission to speak to Hans Andersen and Troy Batchelor Swindon Robins have once again asked for permission to speak to Hans Andersen and Troy Batchelor

SWINDON co-owner Gary Patchett has once again asked for permission to open talks with Hans Andersen and Troy Batchelor after Peterborough announced Kenneth Bjerre as their new number one this morning.

The Dane revealed last night that he had been given the green light to begin racing at the start of the new season after his 2012 campaign was ended by a broken leg, and the Panthers have acted quickly to sign him up to lead their team in 2013.

Bjerre’s signing means there is now no place for Andersen in the Panthers side, while co-owner Julie Mahoney ruled out a return for Batchelor weeks ago, and Patchett has asked for permission to bring the pair back to Blunsdon on loan.

The Alwalton side say the BSPA have ruled that Batchelor can only leave on a full transfer, while any decision on Andersen has been delayed until a management committee meeting on February 15.

“This (Bjerre’s signing) has just confirmed what we widely expected. We have now asked Peterborough once again for permission to speak to Hans and Troy,” Patchett said.

Meanwhile, the Panthers have informed Swindon they will not be hosting the scheduled pre-season challenge fixture between the two sides on Monday March 18 due to the unavailabilty of the track at the East of England Showground. The return meeting at the Abbey Stadium on March 21 has also been cancelled.

The Robins are now exploring other options for their pre-season meetings.

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10:55am Fri 25 Jan 13

oldlegtrailer says...

Good job we don't want the old rat bag and the Panthers here
Good job we don't want the old rat bag and the Panthers here oldlegtrailer

11:46am Fri 25 Jan 13

StillPav says...

But you're happy for half our team to be Panthers assets?
But you're happy for half our team to be Panthers assets? StillPav

5:18pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Rovin Robin says...

Good comment!!!
Good comment!!! Rovin Robin

11:10pm Fri 25 Jan 13

mancrobin says...

This seems to have all the ingredients of a childish spat between the two clubs.

Time to grow up I think. The season is about to start!
This seems to have all the ingredients of a childish spat between the two clubs. Time to grow up I think. The season is about to start! mancrobin

5:41am Sat 26 Jan 13

GalaxyMan says...

I'm with you Manc, its all pretty unfortunate isn't it. Clearly something has upset Peterborough- possibly being made to buy Troy a couple of years ago? But to pull out of an actual race meeting is just silly.
I'm with you Manc, its all pretty unfortunate isn't it. Clearly something has upset Peterborough- possibly being made to buy Troy a couple of years ago? But to pull out of an actual race meeting is just silly. GalaxyMan

9:01am Sat 26 Jan 13

oldlegtrailer says...

I couldn't care who they belong to. Panthers are on the point of breaking the law if they try to restrict riders from earning a living. The whole episode reflects the state of the way speedway is run. A great sport run by pee poor self centred business people who forget one thing - the customer! Its like the early start to the season freeze your nuts off on the terraces in the dark when you could be there on warmer lighter nights.
I couldn't care who they belong to. Panthers are on the point of breaking the law if they try to restrict riders from earning a living. The whole episode reflects the state of the way speedway is run. A great sport run by pee poor self centred business people who forget one thing - the customer! Its like the early start to the season freeze your nuts off on the terraces in the dark when you could be there on warmer lighter nights. oldlegtrailer

9:51am Sat 26 Jan 13

StillPav says...

Panthers aren't restricting anyone. They have six heatleader assets, Swindon have none. It's not unreasonable for Peterborough to expect Swindon to buy the riders that we want to use season after season, rather than cherry pick from other team's asset base.

Now that they have signed Bjerre it frees up Andersen to sign for us on loan. Batchelor has stitched himself up, which is why the BSPA have ruled that Swindon must sign him as an asset.
Panthers aren't restricting anyone. They have six heatleader assets, Swindon have none. It's not unreasonable for Peterborough to expect Swindon to buy the riders that we want to use season after season, rather than cherry pick from other team's asset base. Now that they have signed Bjerre it frees up Andersen to sign for us on loan. Batchelor has stitched himself up, which is why the BSPA have ruled that Swindon must sign him as an asset. StillPav

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