Sam Masters hints at joining Monarchs in 2014

Sam Masters, left. Picture: Ron MacNeill

Sam Masters, left. Picture: Ron MacNeill

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Aussie speedway ace Sam Masters, who missed out riding for Edinburgh Monarchs this season because he couldn’t get a visa, has tweeted that he fully intends to be at Armadale for the 2014 campaign. And Monarchs No. 1 Craig Cook, in what could be construed as confirmation that he will be back, replied: “See you there mate.”

But today Monarchs team manager Alex Harkess insisted it is still far too early to think about next year’s line-up. “Sam is a Somerset asset and they have not given us permission to speak to Sam yet,” he said. “This is quite understandable because they have not even sorted out their own team. We have not had any conversations with Sam, but there should be no problems with his visa for next season.”

Asked if Masters’ inclusion in Monarchs colours is dependent on their Premier League team building points limit remaining at 42.05, Harkess added: “I don’t expect to see the points limit changed for 2014 because promoters agreed to renew the three-year deal to keep it at that figure last season, so it will be maintained until 2015.”

Meanwhile, Monarchs’ Scottish Cup second leg tie against Glasgow Tigers at Armadale tomorrow night is on despite an arson attack on Glasgow’s new bar premises at Ashfield earlier this week, which has placed a question mark over their future.

Tigers co-promoter Alan Dick said: “It would have been easy to say enough is enough after the fire which has destroyed our new bar area, but I have a long-standing relationship with the Edinburgh Promotion and I cannot let them down at the last minute, so we race on.”

Tigers, who lead by 23 points from the first leg, will use Thomas Jorgensen, Ricky Wells and Ashley Morris as guests in their squad.

The meeting also marks the retirement of long-serving Tiger and former Monarch James Grieves and the Monarchs programme will carry a two page tribute to the Paisley rider.