Simon Lambert says having the chance to race speedway in the 2015 season for Peterborough Panthers is ‘a dream come true’.
The 25-year-old from Gosberton Risegate was named as the club’s sixth signing on a Premier League average of 3.73.
He said: “I have been watching Peterborough speedway at the Showground since I was about four or five years old and it has always been a dream to ride for the Panthers.
“I did some mascot rides round the track when I was about nine or ten and then did the odd guest booking in the team over the past few years.
“Now to be offered a team place and be part of the Peterborough Panthers set-up next year is amazing and I am really looking forward to the start of the season in March.”
Lambert rode for Workington in the Premier League last year and had a 570-mile round trip just to ride a home meeting.
He added: “I loved riding at Workington, the promoters are very good people there and the fans really back you and make plenty of noise.
“But by knocking about 500 miles off a home meeting means I can have most of Saturday at home concentrating on the timber business I operate which will not be affected.
“2015 is going to be an important year for me and I need to stay injury free and have a good season.
“I changed my machinery and tuner halfway through 2014 and never looked back.
“I rode in all three leagues – National(Kent), Premier (Workington) and Elite (Birmingham and King’s Lynn) and covered 104 meetings in total.
“I have already started working on my bikes for next season and have already built two out of three ready to race.
“In the new year I will be back in the workshop preparing bikes for the new season in March.”
Lambert caught the eye of new Panthers chief Ged Rathbone with some high-scoring displays towards the end of the past season.
Rathbone said: “I went to a few meetings at Workington and it gave me a chance to have a good look at Simon’s performances and they were very impressive.
“Simon has experience and knowledge of Premier League tracks and we see 2015 as a season in which he can kick on.
“He is a rider who is capable of putting a point on his average if everything goes to plan.
“Along with Simon we have signed a very exciting line-up which includes Olly Allen, Ulrich Ostergaard, Robert Lambert (no relation), Lewis Blackbird and Adam Roynon. It just leaves one more reserve berth to fill and the team is complete.”