Louis hits back at King remarks
IPSWICH Witches promoter John Louis has hit back at Danny King after the on-loan Peterborough youngster lashed out at the Ipswich club.King, who is a Witches asset, is now so desperate to leave Foxhall he has offered to pay half his transfer fee should Ipswich and the Panthers agree one.
By Mike Bacon
IPSWICH Witches promoter John Louis has hit back at Danny King after the on-loan Peterborough youngster lashed out at the Ipswich club.
King, who is a Witches asset, is now so desperate to leave Foxhall he has offered to pay half his transfer fee should Ipswich and the Panthers agree one.
And the 20-year-old fired this tirade at the Witches.
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“Some people might think it is a bit extreme to spend so much of my own money, but I have no qualms about it because I know it will be worthwhile with future happiness and success,” King said.
“I am seriously unhappy about the way I have been messed about by Ipswich and I don't want to ride for that club again.
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“I am desperate to ride for Peterborough for many years to come and determined to make it happen.”
Panthers' promoter Colin Horton added: “As a club we are very alarmed by the actions of Ipswich promoter John Louis throughout the winter.”
However, Louis, clearly shocked by comments from a rider he feels Ipswich have gone out of their way to help develop, said: “To say I'm disappointed with Danny King's attitude and words is an understatement.
“He seems to have a very short memory.
“I remember phoning up every promoter in the Premier League at the start of the 2004 season to try to find him a place to ride after Reading changed their side at the last minute and dropped him.
“We gave him a team place then and went out of our way to help him get a Premier League club the following season because he wanted to double up.
“And this is the way he speaks about us.”
Ironically, Ipswich bought King from Peterborough in 2003 because the Panthers didn't want him.
“We have been happy for Danny to go to Peterborough this season right from the time he asked to go,” added Louis.
“However, we needed to get our team organised first.
“How would it appear to our fans if we were letting our own riders go before forming a team? Everyone knows it has been a difficult winter for us.”
Meanwhile, Horton said a “generous” offer had been made to the Witches' management regarding the outright purchase of King.
But Louis hit back: “I've been near a telephone all day and have had my mobile with me.
“We've received no offer from Peterborough for Danny.”