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PREMIERSHIP | PANTHERS PICK UP HARRIS

Peterborough have kicked off their team building with Chris Harris, and boss Ged Rathbone backed him to bring his title- winning magic.

04 / 12 / 2018, 07:58

Peterborough have kicked off their SGB Premiership team building with GB star Chris Harris, and boss Ged Rathbone backed him to bring his title-winning magic to the East of England Showground.

The 36-year-old former SGP star has had two previous spells with the Panthers, starting his career in the old Elite League as a doubling-up rider in 2002 and 2003. And when Harris became eligible again for second-tier racing in 2017, he returned to Peterborough, producing a sensational display to help the club take the Fours title on a dramatic afternoon at Alwalton.

We are absolutely over the moon that he’s chosen to come to us. We saw what he can still do in the play-offs last season with Poole, and that’s what we want from him!

Ged Rathbone

The Coventry legend, who won three Elite League titles at Brandon, lifted the SGB Premiership crown with Poole in dramatic style this year, with his last-gasp pass on SGP star Jason Doyle to power Pirates through to the Grand Final going down in British speedway folklore.

Rathbone hopes he can bring those heroics to Peterborough and backed him to thrive in his third stint as a Panther.

He said: “Bomber loved his time at Peterborough when he was here previously, and there were probably only two teams he would have gone to in the Premiership.

“We are absolutely over the moon that he’s chosen to come to us. We saw what he can still do in the play-offs last season with Poole, and that’s what we want from him!

“From Chris’ point of view it’s a really good move, and it means his family can come and watch him as there’s not too much travelling.

“We just want him to come here and enjoy his speedway again, as he did when he was with us before, and for ourselves it gives us a very strong start with building the new team.”

Harris announcement stunned some Poole fans, who were hopeful the Cornishman would return to Wimborne Road.

But posting on his official Facebook page, Bomber confirmed he was never part of Pirates’ plans.

He wrote: “Delighted to announce that I will be back racing for the Panthers in the Speedway GB Premiership for 2019.

“Before people start hounding me about not returning to Poole, I would like to make it clear that I was NOT part of Poole’s team plans for 2019!”

 

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