Friday June 01, 2018
RETURNING Peterborough star Bradley Wilson-Dean admits he can’t wait to get started on his second spell with the club.

Wilson-Dean agreed a deal to rejoin the Panthers last week with Nike Lunna set for a spell on the sidelines following his crash at Scunthorpe.

And Wilson-Dean, who was part of the Cup-winning septet in 2017 – although illness ruled him out of the closing stages – is delighted to be back at the East of England Arena.

He said: “I’m stoked to be back at Peterborough. The management there are an awesome bunch, and they’re like family to me.

“It’s the same with the riders too – when I was there with Workington a few weeks ago I spent half the night in the home pits chatting to the boys.

“I can’t wait to go back there, there’s a really good atmosphere at the club and you’re racing with a bunch of people who are all your mates, which is really cool.

“It’s more like the feeling I had back in the National League days when I was at Eastbourne – it’s relaxed, but everyone gets stuck in and helps each other.

“I’m not saying that doesn’t happen elsewhere, but it’s just a really good feeling at Peterborough and I was really happy to come to an agreement with Ged (Rathbone).”

Wilson-Dean returns to Peterborough following the completion of a successful 28-day spell as short-term cover for Workington.

And that included the Comets’ massive 57-33 win at Alwalton last month where BWD scored 13+1 from seven rides on a night the Panthers would rather forget.

He admitted: “That was a good meeting for me, but I had to go over to them afterwards and say ‘sorry about that!’

“But we’re there to race, and whatever race-jacket I’m wearing I’ll go out there and give 110 per cent.

“Hopefully I can carry on at Peterborough from what I did at Workington. It’s a shame about Nike and Emil (Grondal) getting injured, you don’t want to see people going out of the team because they’re injured, but I’ll be doing my bit for them.

“I think they’ve got a pretty good team, it’s a fairly solid top five if all of us can kick on, and I’ve been really impressed with Tom (Bacon) as well – he’s getting better every season.

“There’s no reason why we can’t do well, and I’ll be giving 110 per cent for the team.”

Wilson-Dean and fellow newcomer Edward Kennett will make their first appearances when Panthers visit Glasgow next Friday (June 8) – and they then face the Tigers at the East of England Arena on Sunday June 10 (5pm).

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