How Cool Mint be­came the ‘Peo­ple’s Im­mor­tal’

The Morning Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - PAM MCKAY pam.mckay@cap­news.com.au

STAND aside Sterlo and Al­fie – Cen­tral Queens­land’s own Scott Minto is the lat­est league star to be im­mor­talised.

When NRL boss Todd Greenberg an­nounced that a ninth Im­mor­tal would be cho­sen in 2018, a num­ber of names were thrown into the mix.

But there was one in par­tic­u­lar that ap­peared to be dom­i­nat­ing so­cial me­dia – the for­mer Bris­bane Bron­cos and North Queens­land Cow­boys hard-work­ing winger, Rock­hamp­ton-born Scott Minto.

Bet­ting agency Sports­bet couldn’t ig­nore the groundswell of sup­port and de­cided to de­clare the cult hero “The Peo­ple’s Im­mor­tal” and erect a “bronze statue” in his hon­our.

Ac­cord­ing to Sports­bet it was un­veiled “by the great man him­self” at Sun­corp Sta­dium yes­ter­day morn­ing and then moved to what will be its per­ma­nent home – the iconic Cax­ton Ho­tel.

“It’s a re­ally proud mo­ment for me and my fam­ily … see­ing all those on­line memes I thought I was half a sniff so to get the im­mor­tal sta­tus is a cherry on top,” said Minto, who played 53 NRL games.

sports­bet.com.au’s Will Byrne said rugby league had long been re­garded as the peo­ple’s game so the agency de­cided to give the peo­ple what they wanted. Af­ter the pomp and cer­e­mony of the of­fi­cial un­veil­ing, Minto re­vealed it was all a bit of fun.

“I’m al­ways up for that and I was more than happy to be in­volved,” he said about the fi­bre­glass statue de­pict­ing him in his glory days.

“The ninth Im­mor­tal is a se­ri­ous thing, I cer­tainly don’t want to take the mickey out of that, but it’s just about hav­ing a bit of fun with it.

“The Peo­ple’s Im­mor­tal they’re call­ing me ... it’s a good laugh, it’s pretty cool.

“The thing that’s more im­pres­sive is the statue; it’s a fairly good like­ness and it will take pride of place at the Cax­ton now.”

Minto had two solid sug­ges­tions when asked who should be crowned the game’s next Im­mor­tal.

“It will be the tenth now that the ninth’s al­ready sorted,” he said with a rau­cous laugh.

“I think Mal Meninga would be a good can­di­date for the ‘le­git’ ninth Im­mor­tal.

“He would be a log­i­cal choice or Norm Provan be­cause he’s been in 10 grand fi­nals which, when you think about it is ridicu­lous.

“A play­ing ca­reer’s prob­a­bly 12 years and Provan played a grand final in nearly ev­ery one of them.”

Photo: Con­trib­uted

GREAT SCOTT! His NRL play­ing days might long be over be over but lo­cal league iden­tity Scott Minto has scored an im­pres­sive ti­tle, yes­ter­day crowned the “The Peo­ple’s Im­mor­tal”.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

PRETTY COOL: Lo­cal league iden­tity Scott Minto with the “bronze statue” un­veiled yes­ter­day which pro­claims him as “The Peo­ple's Im­mor­tal”.

Photo: File

Scott Minto play­ing for the North Queens­land Cow­boys against Canberra in June 2007.

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