Monday October 16, 2017
PETERBOROUGH owner Ged Rathbone will make thrashing out the club's future his top priority - as soon as the 2017 season is complete.

The 'T Balfe Construction' Panthers feels he needs 'two-to-three weeks' away from the sport to give the situation serious thought.

Rathbone was recently hit by a heavy fine and other associated penalties from the Speedway Control Bureau after allowing Jack Holder to miss Peterborough meetings to race in Poland earlier this year.

Rathbone said: "I have no regrets about stepping in to keep the club going back in 2014 and it has been my life since then - 365 days a year.

"Every decision in that time has been made with the best interests of the club at heart. Giving Jack permission to race in Poland was no different.

"It was the correct thing to do to allow the rider to progress and to put the club on a better financial footing.

"But I'm sure everyone is aware of the situation we now find ourselves in. Unfortunately we've been caught up in the politics of the sport yet again.

"I pride myself on my honesty. I'm probably too honest at times, but that is the way I was brought up and that is the way I will pass away.

"It was certainly not my intention to cause offence to any individuals within the sport when addressing our supporters last night, but I felt it was only right to give them the full picture and let them know where I stand.

"I need to take a bit of time away to think about the future and consider whether or not I still have enough left in me to continue doing the best I can for Peterborough Speedway."

Peterborough are still chasing KO Cup honours. They lead Glasgow 50-40 following the first leg of a semi-final clash yesterday (Sunday).

The teams meet again tomorrow (Tuesday) in the second leg in Scotland with Ipswich awaiting the winners in the final.

Rathbone hopes to call a fans' forum in either late October or early November.

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