PREMIERSHIP | COOK PICKED UP BY PANTHERS
GB star Craig Cook is on his way to Peterborough for 2019, and promoter Ged Rathbone backed the move to inspire his bid for an SGP return.
10 / 12 / 2018, 09:14
Great Britain star Craig Cook is on his way to Peterborough for 2019, and promoter Ged Rathbone backed the move to inspire his bid for an FIM Speedway Grand Prix return.
The SGP 2018 rider returns to the club he represented in the 2016 SGB Championship, and he joins compatriot Chris Harris and Danish racer Hans Andersen in a promising side.
Rathbone is delighted with his top three and believes Cook’s switch from Belle Vue will boost both the rider and the Panthers.
He’s still determined to be the very best and get back into the GPs having ridden at the highest level of the sport, and I really expect him to produce the goods for us.
He said: “I think to get Craig Cook back here shows just what we’ve done as a club over the last few years.
“We worked with him in 2016, he rode for us and he wants to come back – and we’re really looking forward to working with him again.
“He’s been at Belle Vue for a long time, and hopefully this will also re-ignite him in some ways. He’s still determined to be the very best and get back into the GPs having ridden at the highest level of the sport, and I really expect him to produce the goods for us.
“This will be a good move for him. He knows the supporters, he’s liked by the supporters and he wants to come here and win.
“Craig completes a very strong top three, yet none of them are on an average of over eight, so it also allows us to build for some strength-in-depth.”
Rathbone is pleased with Peterborough’s team-building progress since their takeover by King’s Lynn and Ipswich owner Keith Chapman last month. And he believes their top three underlines their ambitions, despite being built to a budget.
“It’s another signing which shows our intentions as a club and as a management team,” he said. “Buster has let us get on with what we want to do - we’ve been given a very realistic budget to build a team, and he trusted us to get on with it.
“Team building has all been done by the management team so we’ve carried on in exactly the same way that we have done previously, very much in the Peterborough mould. We want to compete and we want to win.
“We haven’t paid silly money for riders or offered them silly contracts. We’ve got riders who want to ride for Peterborough Speedway because of the ethos we have at the club.”