Cook boil­ing over Aces exit

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - SPEED­WAY By CHRIS OSTICK

CRAIG Cook has hit out at Belle Vue Aces af­ter be­ing told he isn’t part of their plans for next sea­son.

The 31-year-old for­mer Bri­tish cham­pion took to Twit­ter to an­nounce his anger and claimed he dis­cov­ered his fate be­fore the club told him.

“Af­ter eight years at Belle Vue I am not in the 2019 side,” he posted. “Dis­ap­pointed to learn this from a re­li­able third party and not di­rectly from the club de­spite many calls with ML (Aces team man­ager Mark Lemon). I now have to move on. Love to staff, friends, spon­sors and fans. I will miss you all. I did not want to leave BV & would have hap­pily cel­e­brated my tes­ti­mo­nial there. I wasn’t talk­ing to any­one about a move. I have now had to move to se­cure my fu­ture but it was never part of my 2019 plan.”

The Aces re­sponded with a state­ment on their Face­book page.

It said: “So­cial me­dia can be very one sided and the club would like to place on record that Craig Cook, be­ing an Ed­in­burgh as­set, signed a one-year deal with the Aces in 2018. A tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion was held with Craig on Mon­day, Novem­ber 19, to ad­vise that he wasn’t to be in the Aces’ ini­tial teams plans.

“His name was then pro­vided to the BSPA (Bri­tish Speed­way Pro­mot­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion) by his par­ent club and sub­se­quently cir­cu­lated on the BSPA rider avail­able list.

“We are there­fore some­what sur­prised by re­cent com­ments on so­cial me­dia against the club.

“How­ever, we do recog­nise that Craig has made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the Aces dur­ing his time with the club and wish to of­fer our sin­cere thanks to him.

“The man­age­ment, staff and fans wish him ev­ery suc­cess.”

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