Quartet of Edinburgh Monarchs sign Polish deals

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EDINBURGH MONARCHS will have a quartet of their top speedway riders competing in Poland this season.

After No.1 Craig Cook signed for Stal Gorzow last week, Aussie star Sam Masters has agreed a deal to ride for KMZ Lublin in the Polish Second League. Their team-mate Kevin Wolbert has rejoined Krosno Wolves – who operate in the same division – for the first time since 2012. And Justin Sedgmen has beaten the January 31 transfer deadline to sign up for Gdansk. Masters said: “I have been trying to find a spot with a Polish team for a while now. I’m delighted to be joining Lublin and it should be a fun season. But, of course, my Edinburgh commitments will take priority.”

While Monarchs bosses may not be entirely happy to see almost half their team jet back and forth, team manager Alex Harkess told the Evening News: “There is not a lot we can do about it – it’s just the way it is.

“It’s easy to understand why some of them want to earn some extra cash and they get quite a large cheque just to sign on.”

Asked if he was worried that the scope for unwanted injuries will widen as a consequence, Harkess replied: “That is always a risk when some of your team have overseas engagements and we can’t do anything about that.”