Edinburgh Monarchs big American signing Aaron Fox today revealed he had to do some serious soul searching before finally deciding that speedway is a career path he wants to follow.
Despite his wavering, Fox insists he can rise to the formidable challenge which awaits him in the Premier League at Armadale this season.
“I did have second thoughts about it, especially as I’m 26 now,” he said. “After some deep thought I realised that this opportunity is not for everyone, but I may as well take this shot while I still can.
“I guess I just liked the peace of mind that someday I will be able to do and have nice things in life. But now I have put such thoughts to one side and it’s time for me to bang elbows with the big boys.”
“Ever since I signed for Edinburgh back in early December I have had nothing less than good feelings about my decision. I was sitting on the fence over what to do with my life. Did I want to ride speedway, or begin a career using skills I had picked up during college.
"Since I did begin racing in 2010 it was a goal of mine to ride in the UK . I have now been given that chance thanks to Edinburgh."
While acknowledging that the next few months will be a tough learning curve for him, Fox says he is excited over the make-up of the Monarchs squad for the new campaign – and is especially enthused that he will be rubbing shoulders with No.1 Craig Cook. “Cookie is one bad dude and it’s awesome to think that he hasn’t been on a speedway bike all his life but has still carved out a cracking career for himself.
“Sam (Masters) and Justin (Sedgemen) are both rippers. I have seen plenty of videos of them both riding and they definitely keep the gas on. I have not seen very much of our captain Derek Sneddon, but I’m told he can fly. And given his age and experience, it will benefit me to listen to everything he has to say.
"I haven't made contact yet with Steve (Worrall) but coming in on a three point average, I think he will do a lot of damage at reserve. I believe the whole team will do well."
Fox has no doubts he will be made welcome by the Monarchs supporters, saying: “I’ve already received lots of messages from them via the social network and they had nothing but nice things to say.
“I just hope I can give them the performances they love to see. This is a big year for me and I’ll do everything in my power to rise to the occasion to make 2014 a success. I can’t wait to put in a few practice laps at the press call in a couple of weeks and meet everyone.”