SWINDON ROBINS: There's no going back

Troy Batchelor

Troy Batchelor

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor, awarren@swindonadvertiser.co.uk, @AndyWarren_

TITLE-WINNER Troy Batchelor is ready to shun the advances of parent club Peterborough to seal a return to the Swindon Robins side for 2013.

The Australian played a vital role as Alun Rossiter’s side stormed to the Elite League title, and understandably the Robins boss is keen to keep the bulk of last season’s side together, with Peter Kildemand and Nick Morris already signed up for next year.

Batchelor is still very much in the Robins’ plans for the new campaign, although the Advertiser understands he has already been told by the Panthers management that he is under consideration for a team place at the East of England Showground next season.

The 25-year-old was not happy with the way he was treated by his parent club last winter, only finding out he was not in their plans when the entire team was made public, and wants a return to the Robins as he searches for some much-needed stability in British speedway.

“We all had a good year at Swindon, so I don’t think anyone really wants to change too much if it has been working,” he told the Advertiser.

“It would be nice to have a bit of stability for once and stay with the same club, because I think I have pretty much been with half the clubs in the Elite League.

“It would be nice to stay somewhere, get some stability, and get a good routine going somewhere you can base yourself instead of starting again every year.

“It doesn’t really matter if Peterborough want me back if I don’t want to go back, it is up to me and I wouldn’t ride somewhere I didn’t want to ride.

“I don’t particularly want to go back there, especially after the way they treated me.

“Everyone got on well at Swindon including the team management and the riders, and that is very important because it is good to enjoy being at work.

“If you go to your job and you are happy you want to do better, but if you are not then maybe you will not give it everything you have got.”

Batchelor is also keen to see skipper and close friend Hans Andersen return to Blunsdon next season, with the pair also signed to ride together for Swedish club Vastervik.

“We had a lot of fun at Swindon with Hans and Peter there too, and everyone seemed to enjoy it and want to come back.

“It would be nice if Hans and I were back together because it would make things a lot easier with travel and what-not.

“If we were on a Monday night on Sky then we would travel together then fly out to Sweden together which is nice, and can make spirit even better.”

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7:08am Sat 1 Dec 12

GalaxyMan says...

Great news!
Great news! GalaxyMan
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9:18am Sat 1 Dec 12

Ginger-nutz says...

Sound like Troy has decided that Trevor Awales can shove it where the sun don't shine ;-)......
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Good decision Troy.....
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Now let's get Hans to start thinking the same way, and I'm sure he will see the sense in buddying up with Troy for the UK season.
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Great news all round :-)
Sound like Troy has decided that Trevor Awales can shove it where the sun don't shine ;-)...... . Good decision Troy..... . Now let's get Hans to start thinking the same way, and I'm sure he will see the sense in buddying up with Troy for the UK season. . Great news all round :-) Ginger-nutz
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10:00am Sat 1 Dec 12

gruntfuttocks says...

Troy has said on Twitter 'Funny how i didn't even do an interview with anyone but i'm on the back page' with a hash tag saying 'words into my mouth anyone possibly'. would be good if he comes back but im not taking this piece of news too seriously. considering Ned Payne tweeted that the article was pure waffle
Troy has said on Twitter 'Funny how i didn't even do an interview with anyone but i'm on the back page' with a hash tag saying 'words into my mouth anyone possibly'. would be good if he comes back but im not taking this piece of news too seriously. considering Ned Payne tweeted that the article was pure waffle gruntfuttocks
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9:23am Mon 3 Dec 12

oldlegtrailer says...

If Peterborough want him they will have him or he rides nowhere or they sell him.
If Peterborough want him they will have him or he rides nowhere or they sell him. oldlegtrailer
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9:45am Mon 3 Dec 12

swindonspur says...

oldlegtrailer wrote:
If Peterborough want him they will have him or he rides nowhere or they sell him.
Not really. The Miedzinski saga proved last year that the asset system in speedway in horse sh1t. He can just refuse to ride for Pboro and there is nothing they can do about.
[quote][p][bold]oldlegtrailer[/bold] wrote: If Peterborough want him they will have him or he rides nowhere or they sell him.[/p][/quote]Not really. The Miedzinski saga proved last year that the asset system in speedway in horse sh1t. He can just refuse to ride for Pboro and there is nothing they can do about. swindonspur
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9:37am Wed 5 Dec 12

oldlegtrailer says...

If he has signed a contract then a contract is a contract and if he does not ride for Peterborough then he can only ride for someone else if their terms are met by him or his new club or it goes to the Control Board for arbitration in which case they will normally favour the contract holders.
If he has signed a contract then a contract is a contract and if he does not ride for Peterborough then he can only ride for someone else if their terms are met by him or his new club or it goes to the Control Board for arbitration in which case they will normally favour the contract holders. oldlegtrailer
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10:51am Wed 5 Dec 12

swindonspur says...

oldlegtrailer wrote:
If he has signed a contract then a contract is a contract and if he does not ride for Peterborough then he can only ride for someone else if their terms are met by him or his new club or it goes to the Control Board for arbitration in which case they will normally favour the contract holders.
Where does it say there he has signed a contract for 2013 for Peterborough?
[quote][p][bold]oldlegtrailer[/bold] wrote: If he has signed a contract then a contract is a contract and if he does not ride for Peterborough then he can only ride for someone else if their terms are met by him or his new club or it goes to the Control Board for arbitration in which case they will normally favour the contract holders.[/p][/quote]Where does it say there he has signed a contract for 2013 for Peterborough? swindonspur
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