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COOK: COME AND GET ME

Team Great Britain international Craig Cook issued a 'come and get me' plea to Swedish and Polish clubs for 2014.

24 / 10 / 2013, 10:27

Team Great Britain international Craig Cook issued a 'come and get me' plea to Swedish and Polish clubs for 2014 as he bids to take his burgeoning career to the next level.

The Belle Vue and Edinburgh doubling-up star has enjoyed a sensational season, having made his Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup debut, finished fourth in the British Championship and claimed third place in the Elite League Riders Championship at Swindon on Saturday.

He also topped the Premier League average charts for the Monarchs, who he leads into this week’s play-off final and inspired to PL Fours glory at Peterborough in July.

Cook is keen to expand his career beyond the UK as he works to establish himself on the world stage. And while Swedish teams are filling up fast, the Cumbrian is ready to make his name in the Elitserien.

I need to ride in Sweden to progress my career. That’s something I desperately want. Hopefully last Saturday was a bit of a statement, saying ‘come get me.’

Craig Cook

He said: “I want to be in Sweden. I need to ride in Sweden to progress my career. That’s something I desperately want. Hopefully last Saturday was a bit of a statement, saying ‘come get me.’

“If I can’t get a place there, I’ve got to look in Poland, so maybe the Polish First Division.”

Cook battled his way on to the ELRC rostrum, despite some tough track conditions at Swindon. Having started his speedway career just five years ago with the Buxton Hitmen in the British National League, he believes that result was another great marker of his rapid progress.

He said: “On my day, I can beat anyone. It’s all about consistency with me. I’m learning new things every day and I’m slowly progressing, but I’ve only been doing it five years.

“I know I keep saying it every year, but it’s a short period of time to get to the level I’m at now.

“I’m pretty happy with third. The podium was where I needed to be and I’m happy to be there. This is definitely something I want to win in the future.”

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