Club Names Captains

Belle Vue’s Steve Worrall says he’s “honoured and proud” after being handed the Aces’ captaincy for the 2018 season, taking over from Craig Cook in his first such appointment in the Premiership.

And Jack Smith will take over as skipper of the reigning National League Champions in 2018, and he’s determined to prove he’s capable of handling the pressures of his new responsibilities.

Worrall raced one of the best campaigns of his career to date last year, earning the rank of British No.2 at the National Speedway Stadium before starring for Team GB in the Speedway World Cup.

The 26-year old thrives on the challenges the skipper’s responsibility presents, and will also lead Championship side Scunthorpe in the same capacity for their upcoming seasonal endeavours.

He recently described how riding for Belle Vue had “put the key in the door” of international opportunities, and he’s delighted at the prospect of repaying his parent club in such a fashion.

Speaking at the club’s annual Fans’ Forum on Wednesday night, he said: “I’m really excited about being the team captain this year and I’m grateful to Mark Lemon for giving me the opportunity.

“I dipped my toe in a couple of times last year when Craig [Cook] wasn’t with us and I really enjoyed it. I take pride in helping the lads and I feel I can set a good example for the team.

“Some might argue the responsibility puts more work on you as a rider but I’m someone who likes to be proactive and keep busy, and I wouldn’t have agreed to do it if I didn’t think I was capable.

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