Monarchs regret to announce that Pijper will not return . .

Theo Pijper

Theo Pijper

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Edinburgh Monarchs today said it was with “regret” that they have excluded their experienced Dutch star Theo Pijper from their side for the 2014 speedway season.

And despite the disappointment of being let go, Pijper was philosophical that he won’t be back at Armadale next year. He said: “The important thing for me was that the club were able to tell me of their plans fairly quickly, and I’m grateful for that because it was becoming a bit worrying.

“I’ll need to sit down now and work out what I’m going to do for next season, but I’m sure I will still go along to watch the boys most Friday nights.”

Pijper, who has been linked to a move with rivals Glasgow Tigers, has ridden eight seasons in Monarchs colours, and his scoring achievements in 2013 moved him up to 12th place in Monarchs’ all time scorers’ list.

The popular rider captained Monarchs in 2005 and 2006 and was also a key member of the historic championship winning team of 2003. Pijper could be granted a Testimonial meeting in 2014 and has been told he can stage the event at Armadale if he wishes.

Meanwhile Friday’s ‘Evening with Craig Cook’ event at Broughton Rugby Club raised more than £1500 for Monarchs’ air fence fund. Cook and Steve Worrall are the only two confirmed starters so far for next season.