Monarchs not panicking over team plans

Alex Harkess celebrates the title with Sam Masters and a mechanic. Picture: Ron MacNeill
Alex Harkess celebrates the title with Sam Masters and a mechanic. Picture: Ron MacNeill
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Edinburgh Monarchs boss Alex Harkess today reassured the club’s speedway supporters that their team-building plans for next season remain on track despite having four places still to fill.

Erik Riss, Max Clegg and Kevin Wolbert have agreed new deals for 2016, but Harkess said: “In reality it’s just three riders we are looking for because we know that our No.7 berth must be filled by a three-point rider.”

Asked if Monarchs, who will seek a third Premier League title in a row come the spring, have run into a brick wall in their search for new personnel, Harkess replied: “No, it’s just that the other three candidates for the main body of the team are interlinked by averages. And if we lose out on one it affects the rest of the jigsaw, so it’s a waiting game at the moment. But there is no panic we are still in November after all, and the Promoters’ AGM was only two weeks ago.”

Harkess did hint that Sam Masters is set to return and will be perceived as Monarchs’ new No.1 following the departure of Craig Cook. It’s understood Masters has also reached agreement to double-up with an Elite League outfit, but Harkess added: “It’s unlikely this won’t be made public for perhaps a couple of weeks as the team in question must sort out a visa for Sam first. And they are scared of naming him as an official team member just in case they run into any problems.”

Masters, who returned home after Monarchs’ annual dance, has already stated he wants to be back at Armadale for a third term, but is also keen to spread his wings abroad as well in a bid to further his career after making his debut in the Aussie Grand Prix last month.