Sunday January 28, 2018
TEAM boss Carl Johnson insists the fact the club haven't finalised their team is not a cause for the concern.

The 'T Balfe Construction' Panthers have so far named five members of their septet for 2018 - Ulrich Ostergaard, Michael Palm Toft, Nike Lunna, Emil Grondal and Simon Lambert.

And while Johnson appreciates the new SGB Championship campaign is now less than two months away, he is not anxious about the remaining two berths.

Johnson said: "I think it is important at this stage of the winter to reassure our supporters that we are working as hard as we possibly can to complete our team.

"We've had a deal in place with a rider for several months, but certain circumstances beyond our control mean we can't confirm his capture at this stage.

"Obviously it is far from ideal, but as soon as we're in a position to go public with confirmed signings we'll do so.

"As a management team we always strive to do our absolute best for the club and we are hugely appreciative of the support we receive. We all have the same ambition of enjoying further success after our achievements in the Fours and KO Cup last season.

"We're delighted with the five riders we already have in place - and we're hopeful the remaining two pieces of the jigsaw will slot into place soon."

The curtain goes up on the 2018 season when Peterborough stage the star-studded Ben Fund Bonanza at the East of England Arena on March 18 (2pm).

Reigning world champion Jason Doyle is the latest big name to be confirmed for the mouth-watering individual contest which also includes a stack of top former Panthers performers - including Niels Kristian Iversen, Hans Andersen and Kenneth Bjerre,

The club's first League Cup fixture - at home to Lakeside - follows a week later on March 25.

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