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Hans: Please sign me

PUBLISHED: 20:00 07 June 2005 | UPDATED: 05:54 02 March 2010

HANS Andersen today called for the Evening Star Witches management to dig deep into their pockets and make him a permanent Ipswich rider.

This comes after Poole promoter Matt Ford confirmed that the 24-year-old Dane would not be loaned out by the Dorset club in 2006.

HANS Andersen today called for the Evening Star Witches management to dig deep into their pockets and make him a permanent Ipswich rider.

This comes after Poole promoter Matt Ford confirmed that the 24-year-old Dane would not be loaned out by the Dorset club in 2006.

“Matt has told me the news,” said Andersen, who has been the mainstay of the Witches team this season and won three of his five races at Wimborne Road against his parent club last night.

“I hope Ipswich will be able to afford me. They have the money from the sale of Scott Nicholls, so I am hopeful everything will work out well.

“I enjoy riding for Ipswich and I want to continue riding at Foxhall Stadium.

“It fits into my plans, as I will always be living at Peterborough when I am in this country.

“I have no plans to ride for any other club and they are nice people all around the club. Let's hope Ipswich can find the dosh.”

Andersen did admit that it would not be the end of the world to move back to Poole.

He said: “The travelling would be a bind, but I could talk to Matt Ford about the possibility if it came to that.

“But this is for the future. For the next four months or so at least I want to carry on scoring points for Ipswich and hopefully helping them to do well.”

Ford pulled no punches when he said it would take a fee over the £39,000 Belle Vue paid for world champion Jason Crump to take Andersen off the Poole books.

Ford put a figure of £50,000 on the head of Andersen last October, but then changed his mind and allowed Ipswich to borrow the rider for a second year.

The Poole supreme said last night: “I understand that Ipswich want to buy Hans and they will have to if they want to keep him.

“We definitely won't loan him out in 2006 and it will take a world record fee for him to be purchased.

“Hans knows the score as I have spoken to him. He is such a high profile rider that we would not be doing the right thing if we did not ask a realistic price.

“Ipswich got a fee of £36,000 for Scott Nicholls from Coventry and on that basis Hans is worth quite a bit more money.

“He is internationally regarded as a better rider than Scott and he is three years younger. In my opinion, and also that of many good judges, he is a better rider.

“Hans has served Ipswich well, but if they want him then they will have to find the money to back up their desire to keep him in their team for a third year.”

Andersen has a busy week ahead of Saturday's British Grand Prix in Cardiff. He rides in Sweden tonight and in Denmark tomorrow. He will be back in an Ipswich race jacket in the league fixture at Oxford on Thursday.

“I could have given Wednesday a miss, but Danish speedway is at a low ebb and as one of their high profile riders I feel I have to ride,” said Andersen.


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