Monarchs complete their roster by signing 16-year-old on Cook’s advice

John Campbell admits that signing Dan Bewley is a risk
John Campbell admits that signing Dan Bewley is a risk
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Edinburgh Monarchs have completed their line-up for 2016 by snapping up 16-year-old Dan Bewley to fill their No.7 berth, writes DAVID KINVIG.

Bewley, who was recommended to Monarchs by former skipper Craig Cook, impressed at Friday’s open practice session at Armadale, yet given he has only been riding speedway for a few months, will be considered one of the most inexperienced riders ever to be handed a spot in the Premier League.

But Cook says: ”He is very talented and he is going to be very good. He could be Monarchs’ No.1 in a couple of years.” Bewley and his family live near Cook in Cumbria and Cook seems certain to keep a close eye on how the youngster progresses.

Bewley, who will ride for Belle Vue Colts in the National League this season, officially became a Belle Vue asset 24 hours before travelling to Armadale, and joins Monarchs on loan from the Manchester outfit.

Monarchs promoter John Campbell admits Bewley will face a huge challenge this season. “Simply because Dan has had so few real races in his very short career so far, he is going to struggle greatly early on.

“But our aim is always to reach the play-offs and if Dan develops over the season and scores some points for us we will be delighted.”

Bewley will make his debut on Friday when he faces Belle Vue’s senior Elite League side in an inter-league challenge fixture which opens Monarchs’ 20th year of racing at the Lothian Arena.

Bewley’s first serious test will be at Glasgow Tigers on Sunday when Monarchs visit Ashfield for the first match in defence of their League Cup trophy.