Busy Masters con­firms end of Ed­in­burgh stint

West Lothian Courier - - Sports -

With the Ed­in­burgh Mon­archs start­ing to put to­gether their ros­ter for the 2018 sea­son, one rider who won’t be re­turn­ing to the club is last sea­son’s cap­tain and num­ber one Sam Masters. The Aussie ace has been a key mem­ber of the Ar­madale side since his ar­rival in 2014, as well as be­ing named cap­tain in each of the past two sea­son.

How­ever, due to his con­gested cal­en­dar, he has de­cided to drop the Cham­pi­onship next sea­son.

A dis­ap­pointed Masters said: “I was way too busy and need to drop a league to progress fur­ther with my ca­reer and un­for­tu­nately it has to be the Cham­pi­onship.

“It dis­ap­points me a lot as my best years of rac­ing have been here.

“Thank you for ev­ery­thing and I’m sure I’ll see you guys dur­ing the sea­son.” Masters didn’t rule out a re­turn to the club in the fu­ture, how­ever, adding: “I hope to be back at Ed­in­burgh again as there is no other club I would ride for in the Cham­pi­onship.”

It brings to an end a truly re­mark­able stint with the club that in­cludes him be­ing the only rider to win all avail­able hon­ours at Cham­pi­onship level. He has grabbed ti­tles in the League Cham­pi­onship, Knock­out Cup, Premier Tro­phy, Four, Pairs and Rid­ers Cham­pi­onship with all but the lat­ter sealed in Mon­archs colours dur­ing a fan­tas­tic spell in West Loth­ian.

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