NEWS Monday 5th January 2009, 1:35pm

by Mike Hunter

20 year old Australian rider Aaron Summers will return for his second full season with Edinburgh Monarchs in 2009.

Aaron is currently competing in the Australian Championship final. He actually made his Monarchs' debut in 2007 during a short visit, and in his first full season last summer he recorded an average of over 5.

He quickly adapted to Armadale and also did well on many away tracks, including a paid maximum in a Premier Trophy match at Glasgow. He was the hero of the Premier Playoff Final victory over King's Lynn in October.

At the weekend he finished runner-up in the qualifying meeting for the Australian Final, though he didn't score in the first round of the Final proper on Saturday night.

Aaron's inclusion means that the captain of Monarchs' team last year, Derek Sneddon, will not be included in the 2009 side. It would be fair to say that the club's directors have never had a harder decision to make, because Derek's contribution as rider and captain last year was immense. It was never so much a choice between riders as a choice between combinations of riders, and much time was spent trying to open up different possibilities.

Every effort will be made to assist Derek to find a berth for next season.

EDINBURGH SCOTWASTE MONARCHS 2009: Ryan Fisher, Andrew Tully, Matthew Wethers, Thomas H Jonasson, Aaron Summers, Sean Stoddart.