Monarchs ace Craig Cook signs a new deal

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Edinburgh Monarchs No.1 Craig Cook today agreed terms to return to Armadale in 2014 to lead the Capital side’s Premier League speedway challenge.

Monarchs, who lost out narrowly to Somerset Rebels in the championship play-off Grand Final last month, are determined to go one better next season and securing Cook’s signature, despite his high average, underlines their faith in the 26-year-old Whitehaven ace, who is desperate to win a league title with Monarchs.

And Cook admitted there was never any danger of him going elsewhere. He told the Evening News: “As soon as I decided to remain in the Premier league Edinburgh was the only club I wanted to be with.

“I’m very happy there. Edinburgh were the team who helped resurrect my career after I left Workington, and I owe them such a lot for that. But it’s not just down to John Campbell (co-promoter), it’s the track at Armadale as well. It is such a great shape and has certainly turned me into a better rider.”

Cook, who is already preparing to splash out £10,000 on new machinery for next year, feels there is still scope for him to improve despite attaining an average of over ten last season. The Englishman, who has also signed a new deal to double up with Manchester’s Belle Vue Aces in the Elite League, said: “I’m not just looking to maintain my average I want to raise it again, it’s all about progression, though it might be hard to reach that mark again. But I think next year I will be a better rider and better prepared and if I don’t keep my ten point average it won’t be because I’m a bad rider. I’m always looking to better myself anyway, it’s what you need to do to get ahead in this sport and I’m fully focused on what I need to do.”

Monarchs are also expected to confirm that Australian Sam Masters will link up with Cook after being refused a visa to race in the UK last season.

Cook added: “I know Sam quite well and he will be a good addition to the Edinburgh team. He is very comfortable on a bike and comes in on a decent average.”