Pain to end for Bolton
with North Queensland Cowboys player COWBOYS forward Scott Bolton is one NRL player who knows the true meaning of frustration.
The simple act of setting a crab pot bait resulted in Bolton missing seven games of NRL since Round 8, but the Innisfail product is ready to return with a bang for his understrength team against the Dragons in Wollongong tomorrow.
Bolton was just as shocked as fans and teammates when it was revealed he would need surgery to his right hand after cutting his index finger while slicing a fish for crab bait near Mackay during the international representative weekend.
“I thought I’d go and get it stitched up, and I’d be back by the campfire in the afternoon,” Bolton said.
“Once I got to Mackay Hospital I knew how bad it was and what I could be looking at as a worst- case scenario, and obviously it was worst case.
“With the boys enjoying themselves on the field and getting those wins under the belt, it’s been quite painful sitting on the sidelines.
“I just couldn’t understand how a finger could slow someone down and get you off the field for so long, but after the surgery she was pretty sore and pretty stiff with the movement, so I can understand it now.”
Bolton said he had about 40 per cent movement in the finger, but believes it will not affect his game tomorrow after getting though more than 60 minutes for the Northern Pride in Cairns last weekend.
The Cowboys’ Scott Bolton.