It is always an awkward feeling amongst a team, when a player signs a deal for a new club during the season – but that is exactly what has happened at the Dragons, with second-rower/centre Beau Scott signing a 4-year deal with the Newcastle Knights, set to begin in 2013.
For Knights CEO Matt Gidley, he puts Scott in that marquee category of signings, that the club endeavours to make when picking out new players to join their squad.
“Beau is one of those rare marquee players that ticks all the boxes in our recruitment and retention criteria and carries many of the values we demand in our Club identified by our Advisory Board under Chairman Paul Harragon,â€ Gidley said.
â€œBeauâ€™s genuine leadership qualities will have a huge influence over the culture we are building not only at the NRL level but throughout the entire Club.
â€œThe signing of a player of Beauâ€™s quality, who fits the fabric of Newcastle and the Club, will excite many of our members and key stakeholders whilst also having a great impact on the young men entering our Club.
“Having players of Beau’s character join our Club is also a clear indication the Knights new direction is being embraced by players, coaches and officials in the game.
â€œWhilst this is a fantastic signing for 2013, our focus remains firmly on our 2012 campaign.â€