Justin Sedgmen admits his Monarchs career is over

Justin Sedgmen will ride for Swindon Robins in the Elite League

Justin Sedgmen will ride for Swindon Robins in the Elite League

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Justin Sedgmen has thanked Edinburgh Monarchs after he conceded that his future with the team is opver.

Sedgmen flew back to Australia last month and admits a return to the Premier League next season is highly unlikely.

Sedgmen was ruled out of Monarchs’ team building plans for 2016 after joining parent club Swindon Robins in the Elite League. The Wiltshire club would have had priority on his services on a Thursday night which would have clashed with Monarchs’ trips to Ipswich and Sheffield who operate on the same evening in the second tier. And Monarchs could not go along with that.

Sedgmen explained: “Since I came back to Australia I haven’t heard from anyone at Edinburgh, which I’m slightly disappointed with, but I think it’s helped focus my mind.

“I had two great years at Edinburgh and would like to thank the promoters and my awesome team-mates for the time I had with them.”

Monarchs team manager Alex Harkess revealed: “We had no reason to speak to him after he left for home. We were disappointed to find he had signed for Swindon but did not tell us he was doing so. And that made up our minds as to which direction to go in planning our team for next season. There is no ill feeling, Justin has ambitions and we wish him well.”

Sedgmen added: “I’ve had interest from a few Premier League sides but no concrete offers. I wouldn’t rule out a return to the Premier League completely but my mind-set at the moment is proving 
myself in the Elite League and in 
Europe.”

Sedgmen has already clinched a deal to ride for Grindsted in the Danish Superliga but he pointed out this is not the reason for leaving Monarchs. “I have heard a few people say I wouldn’t be going back to Edinburgh because Grindsted is a Friday night track, that is not the case, they race on a Wednesday.”

The Aussie ace is also expected to agree terms to ride in Poland. “I’m in advanced discussions with a team in the Ekstraliga and hope to announce something in the near future.”