DANISH star Hans Andersen will lead Swindon Robins again in 2013 after finally completing his protracted move from Peterborough Panthers.
The former Grand Prix star returns to Blunsdon on loan after the BSPA ordered parent club Peterborough to release him, bringing to an end a saga which rumbled on for much of the winter.
The Robins had always planned on bringing their Elite League title winning captain back to the Abbey Stadium, but Peterborough themselves continued to insist they were interested in using the rider and declared the only way he could leave would be on a full transfer.
The Wiltshire side offered first £6,000 and then £8,000 for the Dane, but after the Panthers completed their own team with the signing of Kenneth Bjerre on Friday they have been able to swoop to sign him on loan again.
Team manager Alun Rossiter is pleased the battle has come to an end, and is looking forward to linking up with his captain once again in 2013.
“Hans is a happy rider with us which he showed last year, and he is comfortable in this environment so it is great to have him back,” he said.
“Last year he was the Hans Andersen we hoped we would be getting, because in the previous two years he wasn’t at his best and he was maybe a little overweight.
“But he was lean and fit and he was superb for us and did everything we asked of him, so it is great to have him back.
“He has that little bit of a swagger, a bit of arrogance and aggression, and that is exactly what we need.”
Although Andersen has signed on loan, Robins co-owner Gary Patchett has not ruled out the possibility of signing the Dane on a full transfer.
“Hans is not only a quality rider, he is a fantastic captain, and we are delighted to have him back,” he said.
“There were riders in need of his advice and his motivation last season, and he knew what was needed and when, and he contributed a lot to the team spirit of the side.
“We still wouldn’t discount purchasing Hans’ contract from Peterborough despite the decision (to allow him to return on loan), but I firmly believe that should be an issue of choice and a fee reached by negotiation rather than by obligation.”
The Panthers continue to insist Troy Batchelor is only available on a full transfer, and the Robins are currently considering their options.