BRADLEY'S BACK FOR PANTHERS

Wednesday May 23, 2018
PETERBOROUGH have moved to bring 2017 team member Bradley Wilson-Dean back to the club.

The New Zealand star returns to the T.Balfe Construction Panthers as a replacement for Nike Lunna, who broke his ankle in a crash when guesting for Workington at Scunthorpe last Friday.

Wilson-Dean is available after completing a short-term stint with the Comets as injury cover, and ironically showed his liking for the East of England Arena with a bumper 13+1 score in their victory over the Panthers earlier this month.

And with five Championship matches and a vital Shield fixture against Ipswich coming up during the month of June, promoter Ged Rathbone says they had to make a new signing rather than rely on the rider-replacement facility.

He said: “It’s very unfortunate for Nike, who has been a pleasure to deal with, but it looks like he is going to be out for at least six weeks and we really can’t cover for that length of absence.

“We keep saying it’s a short season this year and we felt we couldn’t afford to risk letting things run away from us by continuing to use rider-replacement.

“If it’s mid-to-late July before Nike gets back then that’s a big chunk of the season gone, so we’ve had to act to maintain our strength, and hopefully our position in the table.

“Bradley knows ourselves and the track well so I’m confident he will slot straight back in, and he certainly showed us what he can do when he rode here with Workington recently.

“I do feel for Nike, we wish him well for his recovery and we would certainly be happy to work with him again in the future.”

Wilson-Dean will make his seasonal Panthers debut in the trip to Glasgow on June 8, with the return fixture at the East of England Arena on Sunday June 10.


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