RICHARDSON IN CLUB DILEMMA
December 01, 2004
LEE RICHARDSON has denied rumours he's joining the Swindon Robins next season. The Bracknell-based racer has not ruled out the possibility though as his Elite League fate appears to be a three-horse race between the Wiltshire club, the Coventry Bees and Peterborough Panthers. Coventry paid £22,500 for Richardson in 2000 where the 25-year-old spent four seasons as he established himself as a out-and-out heat leader.The former World Under-21 Champion joined the Panthers on-loan this season but a pay dispute meant the campaign did not end smoothly. That issue has been resolved but the situation at Peterborough has not been helped by promoter Mick Horton's reported comments in the press last week.He said: "Lee has told me he's going elsewhere and I'm absolutely disgusted because I think it's wrong that he keeps jumping from club-to-club."The Panthers have had a dreadful season and Richardson frequently carried the burden of having to score points and he may be tempted to join Swindon.He could spearhead the side with Australian Leigh Adams — who finished top of the Elite League averages this season which would give him the chance to concentrate more on the Grand Prix.Meanwhile, Times Sport understands the Bees are waiting on what their number one rider Andreas Jonsson decides — as the Swede may sit out the 2005 Elite League campaign and have blocked any clubs approaching their Richardson."Everything's up in the air at the moment," said Richardson, who gets married this Saturday to his childhood sweetheart Emma. "I've heard that Swindon are interested and it would be easier for me to commute from Bracknell. I really enjoyed myself at Peterborough but I need to decide my future and maybe another change of club could do me good."