PREMIERSHIP | PANTHERS HERO HANS RETURNS
Peterborough legend Hans Andersen is on his way back to the club for 2019, and promoter Ged Rathbone insisted “he’s back where he belongs."
06 / 12 / 2018, 09:13
Peterborough legend Hans Andersen is on his way back to the East of England Showground for 2019, and promoter Ged Rathbone insisted “he’s back where he belongs.”
Andersen was Panthers skipper in the unforgettable 2006 Elite League Grand Final when the club pipped Reading to the title against all odds following a dramatic last-heat decider.
We had always kept in touch over the last few years. There were times we looked at bringing him into our plans for the Championship and unfortunately he wasn’t eligible.
The Danish star’s last Panthers spell came at the end of the 2011 campaign, and since then he has been part of successful campaigns with Swindon, Coventry and Poole – captaining the Robins to the 2012 title and being part of play-off teams on five subsequent occasions.
His return next year is the latest instalment of a Panthers journey which began way back in 2003 when, ironically, fellow winter signing Chris Harris was also part of the squad.
Rathbone says there was an immediate desire from both rider and club to work together as soon as Panthers were elevated to the Premiership.
He said: “Hans is Mr Peterborough without a doubt. He’s back where he belongs, and it was very apparent from his social media straight after the news of us going up that he knew where he wanted to be.
“We all feel it’s a fantastic signing. He’s a rider who knows the Showground so well and brings a vast amount of knowledge of this level of racing.
“He has ridden at the very highest level, and coming home at this stage is also something which excites him. It brings back memories of 2006 of course, and for us it ticks all the boxes.
“We had always kept in touch over the last few years. There were times we looked at bringing him into our plans for the Championship and unfortunately he wasn’t eligible.
“We’ve immediately appointed him as captain; he’s a perfect professional and a good team man, and also a really harsh rider! His equipment is spot-on and I’m sure around the Showground we’ll see the very best Hans Andersen.”