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Troy & Hans write to BSPA over Panthers' treatment
TITLE-WINNING top two Hans Andersen and Troy Batchelor have both complained to the BSPA about the actions of parent club Peterborough as they bid to force a return to Swindon.
Robins bosses Alun Rossiter and Gary Patchett have continually stated their desire to bring the pair back to Blunsdon for 2013, but while both riders are keen on a return to Wiltshire their parent club have yet to allow their assets to speak to Swindon.
Both Andersen and Batchelor have been told they are still under consideration for a team place at the Showground, but with no offer forthcoming neither believe the interest is serious, and they have written to the BSPA asking them to intervene to ensure they do not miss out on an Elite League place next season.
Co-promoter Patchett confirmed the letters had been sent, and while he understands Peterborough’s position he believes both Andersen and Batchelor should be granted permission to speak to other clubs.
“We can see the situation from both sides, because the parent clubs have the right to put their side together first before releasing any of their assets,” he said.
“But I think everyone believes Peterborough know who they are going to use and who they are not going to use, and it is unreasonable to ask riders or other clubs to wait any longer than necessary to complete their team.
“They are our priorities and I don’t see them being needed at Peterborough, and I believe they want to come to us as soon as they are allowed to do so, but we will have to play the waiting game.”
Meanwhile the two sides will go head-to head in two pre-season challenge matches, with the Robins hosting the Panthers at Blunsdon on Thursday March 21.