Edinburgh Monarchs star Craig Cook has been appointed speedway skipper of Belle Vue Aces until the end of the season succeeding Ales Dryml who has been dropped from the role after struggling to find his form.
Cook, who joined the Elite League team in 2011, should have taken the helm for their home clash against Poole Pirates on Monday but the fixture was washed out due to a waterlogged track.
Aces team manager Jason Attwood, who has always championed Cook, said: “Listening to Craig on the track-walk against Swindon recently, he made some very poignant observations that simply reinforced my opinion of his natural ability as a leader. Ales has done a great job for us as captain but after his recent run of form both home and away, I wanted to take the pressure off him for a while, and he has been fully supportive of my decision to hand over the reins to Craig.”
This latest reward for Cook could not have come at a better time for the talented Englishman who has endured something of a torrid time of late after being dropped from the Team GB World Cup squad and then last week was thrown out of Monarchs’ League Cup semi-final at Ipswich for throwing a punch at Witches No. 1 Ben Barker.
Said Cook: “It’s a great honour and privilege to be asked to lead Belle Vue and hopefully I can do this to the best of my ability and I thank the Belle Vue management for handing me this great opportunity.
“I still can’t quite believe that after starting out with Buxton in the National League I’m now captain of Belle Vue, who are probably one of the most famous teams in speedway. But I have always wanted to make progress in this sport and the time and effort I’m currently putting in is paying off.”