Edinburgh Monarchs sign James Sarjeant

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Edinburgh Monarchs have recruited Coventry Storm’s National League star James Sarjeant to replace the injured Mitchell Davey for tomorrow night’s KO Cup semi-final replay first leg tie against Somerset Rebels at the Oak Tree Arena.

Monarchs host the deciding leg at Armadale on Friday with Rye House Rockets awaiting the winners in the Final. Monarchs have already won at Somerset in the league earlier in the season and only lost by eight points in the original semi-final first-leg tie.

A repeat of that 49-41 scoreline would set up another ding-dong struggle at the Lothian Arena. However Monarchs director Mike Hunter is urging caution, pointing out: “Somerset are the powerhouse team in the country and if we can do as well as we did last time, that would be a good effort.

“But we need a bit more consistency in the team. We know all our guys are capable, but in our last couple of away matches they have fallen short. Earlier in the year they were pulling off miracles basically.

“Claus (Vissing), Jozsef (Tabaka) and Max (Fricke) are all going to be key riders for us if we are to get through. Claus is the guy who should know Somerset well as he rode for them last season.

“During Derek Sneddon’s testimonial on Friday, Claus was aboard a new engine and got out of the gate a lot quicker than he has done of late, and that’s the important thing with him, but we need everybody to get among the points.”

Monarchs’ final league match before the championship play-offs was washed out at Workington Comets last night, but will be re-staged before the end of the season, probably some time in October.

Monarchs should discover their play-off opponents within the next 24 hours.