Pain to end for Bolton

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

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.

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