Jakobsen signs up for Panthers

PUBLISHED: 09:55 11 January 2010 | UPDATED: 14:38 04 March 2010

UNDER-21World Cup star Klaus Jakobsen has agreed to join Peterborough.

The Danish international will line up in the Readypower Panthers' new-look squad as Adam Roynon's doubling up partner.

UNDER-21World Cup star Klaus Jakobsen has agreed to join Peterborough.

The Danish international will line up in the Readypower Panthers' new-look squad as Adam Roynon's doubling up partner.

Jakobsen, 20, has agreed a two-way contract that will see him available when he doesn't have any meetings for his Premier League club Stoke.

He agreed personal terms after flying in from Denmark to meet team boss Trevor Swales and Director of Speedway Peter Oakes.

And he's determined to make 2010 the most successful of of his career.

He said: “It's a big season for me, it's my last year in the Under 21s and I have put a lot of money into it to make sure this season works.

“I'm going out to fight for everything I want to prove what I can do and hopefully go into the Elite League only next season.”

The two-times Danish 80cc Champion - he won in 2001 and 2003 - also reached three European Under 19 Finals, with seventh place in 2006 his best finish.

He won a bronze medal in the 2008 European U19 Team Final and has been a regular in the Danish Under 21 squad for the last four years, helping them finish third in the 2006 Under 21 World Cup Final.

He added: “I'm happy to join Peterborough, there's some good riders in the team and I know most of them.

“I'm looking forward to the new season and to getting as many points as I can.”

His arrival at the East of England Showground completes the Panthers' team building although they are still looking for an official number eight.

Swales said: “Klaus has been on our radar for six or seven weeks but we couldn't make any real moves until he had sorted out his Premier League future.

“He's as keen as mustard and flew over to England to finalise the contract despite all the problems over flights in and out.

“It took us a couple of minutes to agree personal terms, it was that quick.

“He had a decent year at Stoke last season although he could have done better but for a nasty virus which laid him low for two or three weeks.

“He lost nearly five pounds in weight which mightn't sound a lot to most people but is an awful big loss to someone who is racing fit.

“He struggled a little bit to get everything back together but has now had the winter to fully recover and he can't wait to get started again.”

The blond-haired Jakobsen made his British debut for Stoke in 2008 and is now heading for his third successive campaign with the Potters.

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