Hot-shot Cook signs up for Panthers

PETERBOROUGH have agreed terms to sign exciting newcomer Craig Cook.

PETERBOROUGH have agreed terms to sign exciting newcomer Craig Cook.

The Readypower Panthers swooped to get the Cumbrian youngster’s signature on a loan contract after he impressed in two guest appearances.

He will make his East of England Showground debut on Friday (May 14, 7.30pm) when Elite League champions Wolverhampton are the visitors.

Premier League Workington are willing to let Craig take over from original number eight Joel Parsons who will be out for another couple of months with a serious back injury.

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And Cook, 22, was quick to accept the chance of regular rides in the top flight even though he is only in his first full season of Premier League racing.

A three-times British Schoolboy Moto Cross Champion, he only had his first ride on a speedway bike on the beach near his Cleator home on the fringes of the Lake District 18 months ago.

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He has made startling progress and in the space of little more than 12 months gone from a National League rookie at Buxton to the brink of Premier League heat leader.

Panthers team boss Trevor Swales said: “We know Joel will be out long term and Craig made a big impression on everyone with his two guest appearances.

“We have officially applied for him to become our new number eight and are awaiting an answer from the BSPA.

“One thing is for sure though – he will be riding for us against Wolves on Friday night.

“We would like to thank the Comets’ promoter Ian Thomas for his total co-operation in this matter, without his input the deal would never have come off.”

PETERBOROUGH have signed a new sponsorship deal that will help their riders go like greased lightning!

The Readypower Panthers have linked up with GT-85, who manufacture and distribute a range of top quality lubrication products.

The Hampshire-based company are among the world’s leaders in their own market supplying their products to the Ministry of Defence, the US Air Force and major companies like Virgin Airlines, Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Now they are backing the Readypower Panthers in an exclusive sponsorship deal which sees all the team being provided with their range, including the widely acclaimed SG85, a non-staining white spray grease.

Peterborough owner Rick Frost said: “It’s a big deal for the club and our riders and it will make work in the pits a lot easier for all our mechanics.”

Managing Director John Chapman added: “Here at GT85 we are delighted to support the Readypower Panthers with our GT85 range. Our products are ideal where moving parts could get gritty and dirty and where more so than in speedway? GT85 spray is non oily so that parts stay lubed without attracting dust and grit. Good Luck Panthers!”

ROY Carter will be honoured by Peterborough fans on Friday (May 14, 7.30pm) – as he embarks on his Legends’ Lap of Honour.

Carter, 63, spent seven years in the Panthers’ colours, making his debut in a challenge match win over Middlesbrough in the opening meeting of 1971.

He made his Division Two club debut at Eastbourne on April 18 and went on to ride in a further 213 league and cup matches before moving to Milton Keynes in 1978.

Roy, who was on loan from top-flight Coventry throughout his Alwalton career, scored a total of 1,404 points in official meetings.

He said: “I knew the first time I ever rode at the Showground – in 1970 when I was with Long Eaton – that I wanted to join Peterborough.

“I did so the following season and really enjoyed all my time there.”

Roy, a former lorry driver, retired after only a couple of matches for Milton Keynes and will make a rare return to the East of England Showground on Friday night when Elite League champions Wolverhampton are the visitors.

Throughout his career Roy rode for six different clubs – Coventry, Leicester, Weymouth, Long Eaton, Peterborough and Milton Keynes – but of his 308 appearances all but 94 were for the Panthers.

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