Panthers still hopeful of EL berth

PETERBOROUGH owner Rick Frost has not given up hope of entering Panthers into this year’s British Elite League.

PETERBOROUGH owner Rick Frost has not given up hope of entering Panthers into this year’s British Elite League.

The Cambridgeshire club and champions Coventry were said to have walked out of the BSPA’s annual meeting in November following a dispute with rival promoters over the team-building rules for 2011.

But all three parties released a statement just before Christmas, admitting they had held positive talks to resolve the dispute.

It had appeared Coventry and Peterborough’s only hope of running a team was in this season’s National League.

And while this remains an option for the Panthers, Frost admits Elite action could still take place at the East of England Showground.

He said: “I understand there is going to be a meeting on the Elite League later this week.

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“We’ve been told the Premier League is full so that leaves us with two options – the Elite or National leagues. I couldn’t commit as to which of those is more likely.

“All we can do at the moment is follow the trail, so to speak, but we certainly won’t be backing down.

“The sooner it is resolved the better, though, and I certainly hope that will happen this month, but I can’t say whether it will be tomorrow, next week or a bit further down the line.

“We have an Elite League team worked out already and we could certainly sort one out for the National League if required.”

peterborough evening telegraph

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