Panthers stunned as Polish star quits

RECENT signing Kamil Brzozowski has shocked Peterborough by quitting after only three appearances.

RECENT signing Kamil Brzozowski has shocked Peterborough by quitting after only three appearances.

The 23-year-old Poland racer has told the Readypower Panthers that he won’t return for either Monday night’s Elite League clash at Wolverhampton or Thursday’s Knock Out Cup visit to Swindon.

The news came initially in a text from Brzozowski’s manager and then was confirmed in a more detailed e-mail.

The former World Under 21 Finalist, who failed to score in his three Elite League matches, is now believed to be seriously considering his future.

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He didn’t appear in the Grudziadz line-up at Gdansk on Sunday and is contemplating retirement.

Panthers have applied to the British Speedway Promoters’ Association Management Committee for a facility, rightly claiming that the Pole is in dispute with the club as he won’t honour his contract.

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They expect a decision on Monday morning which will decide the team that travels to Monmore Green for a crunch Elite League tussle with the side that is in third place, ahead on race points only.

Director of Speedway Peter Oakes said: “We had a talk with Kamil on Thursday night and as far as we understood he was going to bring his own bikes over for Wolverhampton.

“Krzysztof Buczkowski was going to arrange for a mechanic to drive over with the machinery straight after Sunday’s match at Gdansk.

“Then, out of the blue, we got the text followed by an e-mail. Kamil doesn’t speak much English but we understand he is seriously wondering whether he should retire completely.

“Our feeling is that perhaps he was badly shaken by the crash, in which Karol Zabik suffered quite serious injuries, while practising at the East of England Showground.

“While Kamil hadn’t scored we were prepared to persevere with him because he has an impressive Polish record and is currently higher in the First League averages than people like Artur Mroczka and Nicolai Klindt who are terrific Elite League performers.

“He is also due to go down to reserve on Thursday and that would make it possibly easier for him to settle in.”

Panthers have now launched a new search for a long-term replacement.

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