Vissing back for Panthers

CLAUS Vissing has been re declared back into the Panthers team and is set to form a potentially powerhouse reserve partnership with Kenneth Hansen.Peterborough has extended the initial short term contract with Hansen and it's the Complin/Tully doubling up partnership that makes way for the return of Claus Vissing.

Claus Vissing has been re declared back into the Panthers team and is set to form a potentially powerhouse reserve partnership with Kenneth Hansen.

Peterborough has extended the initial short term contract with Hansen and it's the Complin/Tully doubling up partnership that makes way for the return of Claus Vissing.

It was always expected and planned that Vissing would be a potent reserve for the opening part of the season and although it didn't work out that way, the Peterborough management are now sure that they have formulated a very potent team that they expect now to do the business on the track.

Vissing is fully over his recent injury and is very keen to get back on track.

Claus Vissing said: “I am really keen to get back and was very pleased to finally get given the OK by the doctors; I have been practising and will certainly be ready for Fridays match at Coventry. I know Kenneth Hansen well and we shared accommodation in Wolves last year so I am sure we will form a good partnership. I have really missed the press conferences and the supporters and I hope they have missed me, but the team looks really strong now and I was impressed how everyone seemed to be scoring points in Monday's win over Coventry”.

Although Andrew Tully loses his doubling up position at reserve, he has agreed to become the teams official no 8 and he replaces Simon Lambert forthwith in that position. It's felt that Simon isn't quite ready for the Elite League at the moment whilst Tully has shown he is and the Panthers now feel they have a 1-8 that will be very capable from now on and play a full part in the title race this year.

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Team Manager Trevor Swales said: “I don't think we could consider moving forward without Claus in the team. He is a hugely popular rider who performed very well last season and will now come back into the position we had always earmarked for him this year. Claus was very unlucky earlier in the season to find himself in the main body of the team and we now have the opportunity to bring him back at reserve. Unfortunately that comes at the expense of the two doubling-up boys, but it is a chance I believe we would live to regret if we didn't take it.

Everyone knows I am not the biggest fan of the doubling-up system. It is difficult to get continuity when you have two riders who are not always available sharing a position, but that is not a problem when you are tracking one of your own riders which, of course, Claus is.

We have had to go round the houses somewhat due to injuries and unavailability's so far this season, but we feel the changes we have made to the team will be of benefit, particularly in away meetings."

Promoter Mick Bratley said: “I am pleased that we are able to welcome Claus back into the side. Obviously the original intention was that Claus would replace Kenneth Hansen, however, Hansen has truly sparkled since being with us and he was very keen to make it a season long loan. We have had to make a tough decision once again and Claus will now replace the doubling up riders Lee Complin and Andrew Tully; Kenneth Hansen will indeed stay with us for the remainder of the season. We have signed Andrew Tully as the clubs number eight rider. He has showed a great desire and above all excellent attitude during the first few weeks of the season and we feel it would be very unfair to not offer him the number eight berth at the very least”.