Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - with North Queens­land Cowboys player Michael Mor­gan

THERE is no se­cret to Matt Scott’s suc­cess in the NRL over the years other than be­ing an ab­so­lute pro­fes­sional who works su­per hard.

It’s a spe­cial mile­stone he will achieve to­mor­row when he plays his 200th game for the North Queens­land Cowboys, just the fifth player in the club’s 20- year- history to do so.

In my opin­ion, ‘ Thumper’ is the best prop to pull on a Cowboys jersey, and has been one of the com­pe­ti­tion’s best front- rowers for so long.

Some play­ers come in and out of form, but Matt Scott is a guy who has achieved most play­ers’ ul­ti­mate goal – play­ing con­sis­tent football at a high level for as long as you can.

It all comes down to how pro­fes­sional he is and he takes great care of him­self. He is al­ways care­ful with what he eats and he’s one of the most flex­i­ble peo­ple I’ve ever seen for how big he is, prob­a­bly even one of the most flex­i­ble at the club.

He’s al­ways ready for train­ing and he’s a real leader within our group, and I know it’s not just the young front rowers who look up to him.

One as­pect of to­mor­row’s match against the Raiders that has flown un­der the radar is that it’s also a mile­stone game for Lach­lan Coote, who is play­ing his 100th NRL game.

Cootey has only played 16 games for the Cowboys, hav­ing played 83 games for the Pen­rith Pan­thers be­fore mov­ing up here.

He prob­a­bly could have reached this mile­stone two or three years ago if it wasn’t for the hor­ror run of in­juries he’s had in his ca­reer, in­clud­ing his knee in­jury last year play­ing for the Cowboys at the Auck­land Nines. It’s awe­some he’s been able to come back from that and he’s prob­a­bly in ca­reer best form.

He could have lost a lot of in­ter­est but he trained ex­tremely hard last year.

It’s shown this year with how fit he came back and it didn’t look like he had been out of the game for 12 months.

Aside from the mile­stones, the game is also a chance to get into the su­per­hero theme as we will be wear­ing our Thor jer­seys. It’s a great idea be­cause it re­ally gets the kids in­volved.

It would be great to see peo­ple come to the game dressed as their favourite su­per­hero and re­ally get into the at­mos­phere of it.


BREAK FREE: Cow­boy Matt Scott runs for­ward with Michael Mor­gan in sup­port.

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