TUNGATE MAKES PANTHERS RETURN
Peterborough boss Carl Johnson says returning Aussie racer Rohan Tungate has the potential to become one of the SGB Premiership’s top stars.
13 / 02 / 2020, 10:37
Peterborough team manager Carl Johnson says returning Aussie racer Rohan Tungate has the potential to become one of the SGB Premiership’s top stars.
The Kurri Kurri-born racer joins Panthers hero Hans Andersen, Chris Harris, Michael Palm Toft and Bradley Wilson-Dean in the side, with two more riders left to sign for 2020.
Tungate has been a very consistent performer in Australia in recent years, winning the 2018 Aussie Championship and finishing on the podium for the past three seasons.
I see a side to him that many others don’t and I also see a rider that if he came with the attitude of being the best rider in the league, he would certainly push the best home and away.
He is becoming one of British speedway’s leading performers too, and Johnson had no hesitation in offering him a Panthers return.
He said: “Rohan certainly showed last season that he can be one of the best riders in the Premiership. His performances at the Showground at times were absolutely breathtaking. He lacks some consistency and some belief at times but there is a real racer inside him.
“I’ve wanted him back from the moment the season finished. I see a side to him that many others don’t and I also see a rider that if he came with the attitude of being the best rider in the league, he would certainly push the best home and away.
“He always has a smile even when things are not going his way like at the start of last season. He managed to turn things around and, yes, we had a couple of issues with him, but nothing to change my mind about having him back.”
Johnson backed Tungate to play his part in a Panthers side that he’s confident will entertain the Peterborough crowds.
He said: “I’ve said from day one of team building that I want a team this season which will be popular with the fans.
“But it’s also important to me to have a team that can ride the Showground, and so far I think the team is looking very strong at home. Rohan fits the bill in both these categories perfectly.
“The final two places should come together nicely now the jigsaw is being pieced together.
“It may be a team with a few older heads, but a team that is certainly capable of giving everything in every race. That’s what fans want to see – all-out effort. I personally think our fans are going to have a season of entertainment and I can’t wait to see these guys in action.”