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ANDERSEN GETS LOAN CLEARANCE

Peterborough boss Julie Mahoney says Panthers were serious about signing Hans Andersen after Swindon were cleared to keep him on loan.

26 / 01 / 2013, 10:44

Peterborough co-owner Julie Mahoney hit back at claims Panthers were not serious about signing Hans Andersen after Swindon were given the green light to sign the former SGP star on loan.

Mahoney confirmed the news after Panthers announced Kenneth Bjerre as their No.1 for 2013, meaning the club could not sign another rider who finished in the top 20 in last year’s Elite League averages.

But Swindon must still pay a transfer fee for Andersen’s fellow Peterborough asset Troy Batchelor, who Panthers were ordered to buy from the Robins in 2010.

Andersen was offered terms by the Panthers, but questioned whether the club was serious about signing him as Bjerre was always expected to fill the No.1 berth.

Mahoney admits Bjerre was her first choice, although she needed the option to sign Andersen until Bjerre had proved his fitness as he recovered from the broken leg he suffered in August 2012.

Swindon initially offered just £6,000 for a full transfer but we were not prepared to accept the offer given the annual loan fee for a rider of Hans’ average is £4,000.

Julie Mahoney

The Panthers co-promoter defended her offer. She told the Peterborough Telegraph: “We will be questioning the BSPA decision regarding Hans given the fact he rejected two offers from ourselves before Christmas.

“In light of that we feel a full transfer away from Peterborough would be the best option. It would provide a clean break between club and rider.”

She added: “Hans has claimed publicly that the offers put to him by Panthers were derisory but that is something we strongly refute.

“We feel confident that anyone who was able to compare the offers we made to Hans with our contracts for other top riders in 2012 and 2013 would see they were far from derisory.

“We’ve received a lot of bad press over this situation which has been completely unfair. Anyone who thinks our offers to Hans were frivolous is mistaken as he was very much part of our plans.

“We had Kenneth recovering from a very badly broken leg and we didn’t want to be in a position where we were left without a No.1. Therefore, we had to keep our options open.

“We told Swindon that we could not give them permission to speak to Hans until we had a clearer idea of Kenneth’s fitness.

“Thankfully Kenneth has now been given a clean bill of health and we are delighted to be able to bring him back as our No.1 for the 2013 season, but had he not been declared fit we could have found ourselves in a difficult position.”

Mahoney was far from impressed with Swindon’s offers to sign Andersen on a full transfer.

She added: “Swindon initially offered just £6,000 for a full transfer but we were not prepared to accept the offer given the annual loan fee for a rider of Hans’ average is £4,000.

“Swindon returned with an improved bid of £8,000 but the offer was promptly withdrawn before we had even had a chance to consider it.

“Now, several weeks later, they have been given permission to take Hans back on loan and we are keen to receive an explanation for that decision.”

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