PREMIERSHIP | COOK CONFIRMS ACES EXIT

Great Britain star Craig Cook revealed he has been frozen out of Belle Vue’s team-building plans for 2019.

The former SGP star has been part of the Aces since 2011 and has played a key role in the club cementing its status as perennial title challengers.

With Cook on a 7.73 average and Aussie international Max Fricke on an 8.20 figure, it was always likely one would have to leave.

And it appears Cook will be the man seeking pastures new next year. Posting on Twitter, he wrote: “After eight years at Belle Vue I am not in the 2019 side.

“I am disappointed to learn this from a reliable third party and not directly from the club despite many calls with ML (team manager Mark Lemon). I now have to move on. Love to staff, friends, sponsors and fans. I will miss you all.”

Cook insists he didn’t seek to leave the club. He added: “Further to my earlier tweet and to respond to some messages - for the record I did not want to leave BV and 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.”