PANTHERS BOSS REMAINS UPBEAT

Thursday December 24, 2020
PETERBOROUGH boss Rob Lyon insists the enforced loss of an entire season hasn’t dampened his enthusiasm for the sport.

The former Great Britain manager was one of the big headlines last winter when he agreed a return to club duty with the Crendon Panthers after a run of sustained success with King’s Lynn earlier in his career.

Sadly the entire league season was wiped out by the pandemic, and now attention has switched to the way in which the sport will re-launch in 2021.

Club bosses are keen to get back on track by Easter, government restrictions permitting of course, but a changing picture caused by limitations on riders competing in the Polish leagues and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit could mean the Premiership has a slightly different look.

Lyon is being kept in touch with promoters’ discussions, which seem set to continue until early in the New Year, and he believes there’s still plenty of reasons for optimism.

He said: “I’m still really looking forward to it in the same way I was when I agreed to come back into management this year.

“I did miss it this season of course, but everybody else was in the same position so to be honest I didn’t miss it in that respect.

“I was quite content to get everything out of the way so that when we do re-start, we do it properly, although obviously if we had gone ahead this year then we would certainly have gone for it.

“I’m as enthusiastic as I was when I decided to come back in, that’s not changed at all, so I can’t wait to finally get going.

“I guess things will look a little different, but the intention is still to keep as many (riders) as possible from the original agreement, and what they’re proposing sounds a good idea to me.”

The Panthers’ promotion and management would like to wish all supporters and sponsors well for a happy and safe Christmas, and look forward to a return to the East of England Arena in the spring.

PETERBOROUGH SPEEDWAY are delighted to be supported by Crendon Timber Engineering as main team sponsors and City Auction Group as club sponsors.

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