Craig Cook last night signed again for Belle Vue Aces in the Elite League for a fifth season – but his inclusion in the Edinburgh Monarchs side for 2015 has still to be confirmed.
It’s also being suggested that Aussie ace Max Fricke is set to ride alongside Cook in Manchester after the teenager opted to move into the top flight. With Stevie Worrall already a confirmed starter, the Aces could have a strong Monarchs flavour to next year’s line-up.
It seems highly likely that Cook will be back to lead Monarchs again in the wake of their magnificent trophy treble last season. However, despite the success he enjoyed with Monarchs at Premier League level, Cook made it clear he has to “pull his socks up” at Elite League level following a disappointing campaign for the Aces.
He said: “Last year was not one of my best seasons and I’m still not happy with how it finished. And that’s one of the reasons why I have decided to return to Belle Vue. I owe it to the club and the management.”
Despite a personal highlight of riding in the British Grand Prix in Cardiff as a wild card, Cook admits he needs to improve against some of the top riders in the Elite League.
“I really need to get back to being the best I can,” he said. “And that means pulling my socks up. I don’t want an easy ride, I want to beat the best guys in the sport.”
Cook refused to speculate on his Monarchs future but he held further talks with co-promoter John Campbell earlier this week.