BRITISH international Craig Cook says he can’t wait to reignite the famous Scottish speedway rivalry after signing up to captain Glasgow in 2019.

The top man in the SGB Championship is set for his second stint with the Tigers after a stunning run of form for the club in the second half of last season. To add to that he comes back as the club’s captain.

Cook – who was a Grand Prix rider in 2018, and represented his country at the Speedway of Nations – raced for Edinburgh for five years earlier in his career, winning a multitude of trophies.

And he says being involved in the Scottish derby was a major reason for agreeing to a return to the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium.

He said: “When I first came into the team last season it was a fantastic experience – I said to the guys that I’d never been involved with such a professional club before, and I’ve been made to feel so welcome.

“It’s something that I wanted to do again in 2019 and fortunately enough for me they’ve given me the nod for the 2019 season.

“I think the fans up north are very genuine. I rode for five years with Edinburgh and the sportsmanship between the two clubs has always been a phenomenal thing to be involved with and to be involved with it again is fantastic.

“I’ll be looking forward to going back to Edinburgh next year and being part of that rivalry again.”

Tigers owner Gerry Facenna said: “Craig was sensational for us last season – as soon as we brought him in, he gave everyone a lift and led from the front. He is a born winner and we are delighted to have him back on board.

“The club would like to thank one of our kind sponsors, who wishes to stay anonymous, for paying Craig’s signing-on fee for next season, which allowed us to bring him back for another year.”

Cook will be the club’s No 1 and joins fellow 2018 riders Claus Vissing, Paul Starke and James Sarjeant in the line-up – as well as 18-year-old Joe Lawlor, who will make his Glasgow debut, with two more riders to be announced.

Craig Cook