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SWINDON MAKE HANS OFFER

Swindon have made a bid to bring former Grand Prix rider Hans Andersen to Blunsdon on a full transfer from Peterborough.

03 / 01 / 2013, 13:07

Swindon have made a bid to bring former Grand Prix rider Hans Andersen to Blunsdon on a full transfer from Peterborough.

The Robins have been heavily linked with Panthers assets Andersen and Troy Batchelor throughout the close season, but have been refused permission to talk to the riders.

Given that Peterborough have already signed Linus Sundstrom, they can sign just one more rider who featured in the top 20 in last year’s Elite League average charts.

Danish star Kenneth Bjerre admits he has held talks about filling that spot, although his 8.18 average matches Andersen’s starting figure, meaning either man could be used.

At 32 we have to take into account his age and the fact he is due a testimonial which comes at some expense to the club.

Gary Patchett

Robins co-promoter Gary Patchett is keen to bring the Odense-born man back to Blunsdon after he skippered the club to their first league title since 1967.

But he is not prepared to pay an inflated fee for a rider aged 32, who is due a British speedway testimonial.

He told the Swindon Advertiser: “Peterborough have told us they have offered Hans terms for next year, which he has turned down. They have also said they will only sell him to us and not loan him out.

“During the winter we have always said to Peterborough we would never discount buying Hans, but at 32 we have to take into account his age and the fact he is due a testimonial which comes at some expense to the club.

“We have made an offer to Peterborough which reflects all that and we are waiting for a reply on it, but Hans has made no secret about wanting to come back to Swindon.”

Peterborough are also involved in a stand-off with King’s Lynn over Niels-Kristian Iversen, who Stars want to retain on loan for a third straight season.

But Panthers have accused them of talking to the SGP star without permission and the BSPA could be forced to settle the dispute.

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