Peterborough boss Jan Staechmann backs Rene Bach

PETERBOROUGH co-boss Jan Staechmann is backing Rene Bach to bounce back from an injury ravaged 2011.

PETERBOROUGH co-boss Jan Staechmann is backing Rene Bach to bounce back from an injury ravaged 2011.

The Dane missed a large part of this year after breaking a leg whilst riding for Newcastle in April, and although he returned briefly in August, he suffered a further set-back with the injury and had to sit out the remaining weeks of the season.

Thankfully after a prolonged period of recuperation he now reports a clean bill of health and re-joins his parent club for the 2012 campaign where he will be sharing a doubling-up role with fellow countryman Lasse Bjerre.

The 21-year-old will also continue in the Premier League next year with Workington, but will be looking to recapture the sort of Panthers form that saw him race to a 15-point maximum in Denmark’s 2010 Under-21 World Cup winning side.

Staechmann said: “I’m pleased that we’ve got Rene back with us again as I feel he is really going to go places in the sport.

“A lot of people have written him off, but I think that is wrong because a rider like that will always bounce back after an injury as he is so hungry to succeed.

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“He’ll naturally need time to find his feet again, but after the winter break he’ll start on equal terms with everyone else and I’m sure he’ll be fine.”

The former Danish World Cup winning team manager is also expecting big things in 2012 from Linus Sundstrom.

The talented Swedish youngster moved up to the Elite League on a full-time basis at the start of this year after two profitable seasons with Premier League Rye House and proved to be a solid scorer for the Panthers both home and away.

Staechmann added: “We have Kenneth (Bjerre) as the spearhead and Linus has the task of picking up the second heat-leader role - but I have no doubts he can thrive on the extra responsibility and do the job.

“He had a tremendous debut season in the Elite League and although I’ve never worked with him before, I have known him for a number of years through the Under-21 rounds and championships.

“We’ve met each other at a number of tracks when I’ve been working for Denmark and he is a very nice guy. He’s extremely professional who goes about his business in a quiet efficient manner.

“I was really impressed with how he did this year and there is still more to come from him. He can go a long way in the sport.

“All-in-all we have a very solid Peterborough side in place for the new season and I like it very much.

“It’s a young team with each rider having plenty of potential to improve their starting averages. If a number of them can do that then we can have a very good season.”

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