Derek SNEDDON has been named Edinburgh Monarchs captain for the 2013 speedway campaign at Armadale, succeeding Matthew Wethers, who will go out on loan after failing to secure a berth in the squad for next season.
It is the third time 30-year old Sneddon has skippered the Monarchs. He took over briefly in 2007 when Ronnie Correy left the club, then, in his first full season in the role, he led Monarchs to their second league crown in 2008.
The Falkirk-based rider was then controversially dumped from the team, spending the next three seasons with Newcastle Diamonds before rejoining the Capital club last season. In agreeing new terms, this will be Sneddon’s sixth spell in all wearing the famous blue and gold race jacket.
He said: “I’m honoured to be asked to be captain again, although it’s sad that Matthew will be moving on. Somebody had to be asked to do the job and I’m happy it’s me.
“Obviously at this stage we only know who some of the team will be for next year, but I know roughly what the thinking of the management is and I see no reason why we cannot have a fantastic year in 2013.”
Sneddon added: “It’s going to be interesting because of the new rules and regulations in the Premier League and I accept that cost-cutting had to take place in the division. Last season was a stop-start one, not just for me, but for everybody.
“As well as the dreadful weather, I broke my collarbone and it took me a while to get back into the swing of things, but I’m looking forward already to next season.”
Teammate Theo Pijper has also re-signed and the Dutchman said: “I had a good season with Monarchs, I like the Armadale track and know I can score well there every week. I’d like to double-up in 2013 if I can. Wolverhampton would suit me, it’s similar to Armadale.”
While No. 1 Craig Cook is waiting to hammer out a new deal with Monarchs, he has agreed to double up with Belle Vue Aces again in 2013. He said: “They have been very loyal to me and that’s why I have agreed to ride for them again.”
Monarchs not only need to replace Wethers but also Andrew Tully, who joined Newcastle this week on loan, and it’s been rumoured that Wolverhampton’s Ricky Wells and Finn Kalle Katajiso, who was instrumental in helping Monarchs win their third championship title two years ago, are in the frame to step into their shoes.