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NKI: ASSET SYSTEM FLAWED

Danish star Niels-Kristian Iversen says riders should decide how long they stay at a British club rather than become assets for life.

06 / 01 / 2013, 16:03

Danish star Niels-Kristian Iversen says riders should decide how long they stay at a British club rather than become assets for life.

The Grand Prix star’s Elite League future hangs in the balance. His parent club Peterborough are yet to release him to join King’s Lynn after the Panthers claimed the Stars made an illegal approach.

Iversen has stated if he doesn’t get his wish to spend a third season on loan at the Norfolk Arena, he won’t ride in the UK this year.

Peterborough are also in dispute with Swindon over Robins targets Hans Andersen and Troy Batchelor, and the Elite League champions recently had an offer to purchase the former SGP regular turned down after it fell short of their valution.

NKI has not raced for the Panthers since 2010 and does not feel a former club should continue to have the right to dictate where he rides this year.

If you’re owned by a club, they should be responsible for your payments as well, but that’s not how it is. I don’t get it.

Niels-Kristian Iversen

He said: “You start with a contract for a year normally and when it’s up, you still remain an asset, which is stupid. If the club that owns you screws you about and doesn’t want to use you, who is going to pay your wages the following season if you don’t get a job?

“If you’re owned by a club, they should be responsible for your payments as well, but that’s not how it is. I don’t get it. I really don’t get it. In Poland and Sweden and everywhere else, when your contract runs out, you’re free and you can do whatever you want.”

Iversen was one of the stars of last year’s Polish Ekstraliga with Gorzow after joining from arch-rivals Zielona Gora in 2011.

The Esbjerg-born man struggled to get a ride towards the end of his time in Falubaz colours, but admits: “It was my own fault for signing a two-year deal at Zielona Gora. But it was my decision whether I signed for one year, two years or five years. In the UK, you remain an asset for the rest of your life at whatever club you signed for when you started here, or whoever buys you from them.”

Iversen respects the fact that clubs like Peterborough, Coventry and Poole have invested heavily in their asset lists, and doesn’t think the solution is as simple as tearing up the existing transfer rulebook.

He said: “We can’t just say everyone is free because some clubs have invested money in assets. Peterborough have a lot of money in their riders. It can’t go to waste and I understand the problem from that point of view. But the system doesn’t really work.”

Iversen is still waiting anxiously on a decision over his return to King’s Lynn, but believes the Stars may be allowed to sign him on loan and pay a full transfer fee at the end of the season.

He said: “I had a chat with (Peterborough team manager) Jan Staechmann the other day, which was nothing to do with the situation really, but he tried to explain what was going on with the regulations. That’s was quite helpful actually.

“I think that if a club can’t afford to buy, then they have to pay a loan fee up front and then pay the transfer fee after the season. If they still can’t afford to pay the fee, I’d transfer back to Peterborough. That’s how I understand it works, but I haven’t heard anything from the BSPA so I can’t really say too much.”

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