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COOK: NO WARNING OVER ACES EXIT

Former SGP star Craig Cook has scotched claims by Belle Vue that he was told he wasn’t in Aces plans on November 19.

08 / 12 / 2018, 09:32

Former SGP star Craig Cook has scotched claims by Belle Vue that he was told he wasn’t in Aces plans on November 19.

The Cumbrian revealed earlier this week that he had been frozen out of the Manchester club’s team, and says he only found out from a third party.

The Aces insist Cook was informed he was surplus to requirements as early as November 19, with the club ensuring his name was circulated on the available list to rival clubs.

IF I was told on the 19th then I would have quickly acted. I was still playing tele tennis up until the end of the month.

Craig Cook

The club's Facebook statement read: “Social media can often 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 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 for 2019 and beyond.”

Cook denies their version of events and the Glasgow rider says he was left scrambling to find himself a team place in the top flight.

Posting on Twitter, he wrote: “Just read the statement from @TheAces management and I totally refute everything within it.

“I have texts and phone records that I will happily share. IF I was told on the 19th then I would have quickly acted. I was still playing tele tennis up until the end of the month.

“At the end of the day, ML (team manager Mark Lemon) knows the truth but it’s time to draw a line in the sand. I have too much respect for the fans, sponsors and friends at BV. I wish the club all the very best in 2019.”

 

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