Scott says time on sideline will pay off in long run

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - PETER BADEL

MATT Scott be­lieves his in­jury- en­forced ab­sence can help his NRL ca­reer as the Maroons and Cow­boys en­forcer takes his first steps to redemp­tion next season.

Scott, who re­quired a knee re­con­struc­tion after snap­ping his ACL just two games into the 2017 season, ran for the first time on Tues­day in a ma­jor boost for the Cow­boys and Queens­land.

The 31- year- old re­mains no hope of turn­ing out for Aus­tralia at the World Cup start­ing in Oc­to­ber, but Scott is de­ter­mined to add to his 22 games for Queens­land in 2018 after his Ori­gin wipe­out.

While the re­al­ity is some play­ers never fully re­cover from a knee re­con­struc­tion, Scott is con­fi­dent his long stint on the side­lines can re­vi­talise his body after 14 sea­sons in the NRL.

“I’m feel­ing good. I’m not quite up to Ori­gin stan­dard but I’m back on the ( train­ing) field and started run­ning,” Scott said on Fox Sports’ Sterlo pro­gram.

“The knee is im­prov­ing. It’s a slow process you have to go through, play­ers who have had an ACL in­jury know what it’s like. To be hon­est, it’s been good for the rest of my body. I’ve been able to re­fresh and look after other parts of my body and down the track, it will do my footy a lot of good.”

Scott is hap­pi­est when he is charg­ing through the rucks, but says time along­side Cow­boys men­tor Paul Green in the coach­ing box has given him a new per­spec­tive on the game.

The Cow­boys were close to los­ing Scott ear­lier this season when New­cas­tle tabled a lu­cra­tive $ 2 mil­lion deal. The vet­eran of 233 first- grade games ad­mits he se­ri­ously con­sid­ered quit­ting the Cow­boys be­fore agree­ing to a two- year ex­ten­sion.

“I was close to leav­ing at stage,” he said. “Ne­go­ti­a­tions one are funny things, they stall and then they can go fast.

“At one stage when I wasn’t talk­ing to the Cow­boys that much, New­cas­tle was look­ing like a great of­fer but as soon as the Cow­boys came to the party, I was more than com­fort­able with stay­ing.

“I love it up there. I love the club and be­ing a one- club player was al­ways a fo­cus of mine.

“I get frus­trated very eas­ily ( on the side­lines as a spec­ta­tor). But I’ve at least en­joyed sit­ting in the box with ‘ Greeny’ and see­ing the coach­ing side of things and look­ing at the game from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive.”

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