Monarchs No.1 Craig Cook wants line-up changes

Craig Cook. Picture: Ron MacNeill
Craig Cook. Picture: Ron MacNeill
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While Edinburgh Monarchs await their opponents to decide this year’s Premier League championship, No. 1 Craig Cook is already turning his thoughts to 2014 and the possible make-up of the Capital squad for next season.

It’s been no secret that Cook has been unhappy with the performances of some of his team-mates recently, and although Monarchs have made it through to the play-off Grand Final, he is determined that they track a more consistent scoring seven racers come the spring.

And he has already pinpointed Steve Worrall as a possible candidate to fill one of the two reserve berths. Worrall, who was released by Newcastle Diamonds during the summer and dropped back down to the National League, guested for Ipswich Witches in Friday’s final Group B fixture at Armadale. Monarchs cruised to a comfortable 53-37 triumph but it was Worrall’s eye opening 12-point haul from the tail-end which prevented Ipswich from being whitewashed.

Cook said: “I wasn’t at all surprised by how well Steve rode, he is a quality rider who has just been lacking a bit of confidence this season and is definitely one to keep an eye on for next year.

“I would be more than happy to see him at Edinburgh in 2014. As he showed on Friday his gating is something else and I would like him at Armadale if possible.”

Worrall revealed: “I’m just hoping that a Premier League club will give me a break next season as I’m a bit worried at the moment that I won’t find a team place.”

But will Cook be back at Monarchs after declaring a desire to move up into the Elite League? He won’t earn as much in the top flight because of a less expansive racing calendar compared to the Premier League and this dilemma is giving him much food for thought.

Cook said: “I have a lot of thinking to do during the winter and will have to make some big decisions regarding my future career, I’m undecided at the moment.”

Meanwhile, Monarchs’ respected track curator Alan Bridgett, who has held the post for 30 years, has denied rumours that he is set to quit the club following an alleged disagreement over how the circuit was to have been prepared before the KO Cup semi-final fixture against Somerset Rebels last month.

Bridgett told the Evening News: “I plan to be with Edinburgh for the forseeable future and hope to see them win the league in a couple of weeks, There are no problems, everything is fine.”