Craig Cook signs big-money Polish deal

Ambitious: Craig Cook

Ambitious: Craig Cook

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Edinburgh Monarchs’ No. 1 Craig Cook has agreed a big-money deal to ride for Stal Gorzow in the Polish Ekstraliga in 2015 which could signal his departure from Armadale.

Monarchs co-promoter John Campbell said the news had come “completely out of the blue” and told the Evening News: “Craig told me he had signed for them. I’ve had no involvement whatsoever and there is no reason why I should.

“He texted me with the news and I replied ‘great’ and that is the only communication I’ve had. It’s all come completely out of the blue.”

Cook, who is also rumoured to be on the brink of landing a huge personal sponsorship deal, had hinted that this could be his final season in the Premier League with Monarchs and has been under pressure from some commentators to move up into the Elite League and also find a berth with a club side abroad to widen his experience.

Campbell added: “I was under the impression he was riding his last season with us anyway. He is ambitious and wants to move on.”

With the Ekstraliga operating at weekends, it seems almost certain that Monarchs would find it difficult to include Cook in their team-building plans for next season, which could make it easier for them to retain the nucleus of this year’s squad.

Campbell said: “I have worked round such things before, but I have not given it a second thought. I’m trying to win the league and the cup, that is the most important thing at the moment, I’m only interested in the Monarchs. If we decide that Craig will be in our team next year we will make every effort to make sure it happens. What Craig has done will not impact on us at all, and that is the only thing that counts.”