Panthers confirm Sullivan return

Last Updated: 05/09/12 7:44pm

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Australian re-signs for Peterborough

Peterborough Panthers have confirmed that they have re-signed club legend Ryan Sullivan.

Sullivan will re-join the Readypower Panthers as a replacement for Kenneth Bjerre who broke his leg in the home meeting against King's Lynn earlier this month.

The Australian has twice been part of Elite League-winning Peterborough teams - first in 1999, and then in the never-to-be-forgotten climax to the 2006 campaign.

Sullivan and Hans Andersen stormed to a last-race 5-1 on that occasion to snatch the title from Reading's grasp, and the meeting is still regarded as the most dramatic finish to an Elite League season ever seen.

He was also a Grand Prix rider from 1998-2006 - winning four events - most notably the British GP at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium in 2002.

The 37-year-old has won numerous other individual and team honours, including the World Team Cup in 1999 and was also a World Cup winner in both 2001 and 2002.

Sullivan, who last competed for the Panthers in 2008, has already made one Showground appearance this year scoring 8 points when leading a select team in the season-opening Challenge match, and was again in the UK recently riding in Jason Lyons' Farewell meeting at Birmingham. He was in excellent form at Perry Barr scoring 11 points and finished second behind Coventry's GP star Chris Harris.

Sullivan returns on a 7.72 average and will make his first appearance back in Panthers colours in next Thursday's home meeting against Lakeside.

Panthers co-boss Jan Staechmann said: "We are very excited to welcome Ryan back to the Readypower Panthers, and I for one can't wait to see Flyin' Ryan do his stuff at the Showground again.

"Guests and rider-replacement is too risky in the long run, especially if we pick up further injuries like we had done for the Coventry match, so signing a number 1 was priority.

"Ryan fits the criteria perfectly. He is immensely popular with our supporters and will fit in nicely with the rest of the team.

"Ryan is having a very good season and it's terrific that he can fit in a busy Elite League schedule in his calendar at this stage.

"I hope the Peterborough faithful will get behind the team and help us in the push for a play-off spot, and then, who knows!"

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