Craig Cook’s Monarchs future is not certain

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Edinburgh Monarchs No.1 Craig Cook is not guaranteed to be back at Armadale next season, according to club chairman Alex Harkess.

He revealed the Whitehaven-based star is uncertain over where he wants to be in 2015.

Harkess says Cook, who is rumoured to have rejoined Belle Vue Aces in the Elite League, is keen to ride abroad next season and until this issue is resolved, his future as a Monarchs rider remains in doubt

Harkess today told the Evening News: “Craig had asked for a few weeks away to get his head round everything and not to put any pressure on him, so we have left him alone. No-one else has permission to speak to him in the Premier League. One club did ask about him at the recent Promoters’ AGM, but when we refused, they haven’t gone near him since.”

Cook has intimated over the last couple of years that he is keen to ride in either Poland or Sweden to augment his UK earnings but so far has failed to crack the European market.

Harkess said: “The issue with Craig isn’t over terms, it’s over how many clubs he can race for.

“Max (Fricke) for example has the ability to strike deals in Europe but Craig has struggled to find anything and that’s possibly because of his age. Max, who is only 17, is seen as a star of the future abroad and a potential Grand Prix rider within three or four years. He will also be top of the Australian tree by then, and that’s the difference between him and Craig.”

Harkess added: “We have left Craig to get on with it for now but will be speaking to him soon”

Meanwhile Harkess has warned if American Aaron Fox returns to the side to partner newly signed Max Clegg at reserve, he will have to shape up in 2015.

“If Aaron comes back, he will only be back for one reason. And that’s because we believe he will increase his average considerably. He’s had a year under his belt and there is no doubt he found things difficult in the Premier League. But he can’t have a second year of finding things difficult. He has to make the strides forward. To return for a second year and finish up a three point something rider would not be acceptable.”