With the departure of arguably the greatest modern prop to have ever played the game, in-form prop Matthew Scott, who some regard as the game’s best prop at the moment, is off-contract at season’s end – and is sure to interest several teams.
Named man of the match in last night’s Test match, Scott has had the privilege of playing both club and representative footy alongside his Cowboys team-mate James Tamou.
The Cowboys have a multitude of players off-contract at the end of 2013, and Scott knows that the club has the opportunity to retain them all, that will be easier said than done.
“It’s definitely possible for all of us to stay but it’s just hard,” Scott said.
“All of those guys are going to be in high demand and hopefully I am too.
“We’ve got to see what happens. Hopefully the salary cap will be sorted out pretty quickly. It would be great to keep the bulk of the side together.
“We’ve got something special up here. A bunch of young fellas have re-signed like Jason Taumalolo and Tariq Sims.
“There’s definitely a chance to win a premiership.”
All the conjecture about just who can be retained, comes from the announcement the recent announcement by the ARLC regarding the salary cap – though the exact amount in which it will increase, is yet to be decided.
Until such time that amount is made clear, Scott plans to take his time and make his decision on his future wisely.
“I’d love to know what I am going to do, but with the salary cap not sorted I am happy to sit and wait,” he said.
“Obviously the Cowboys have been good to me and I would like to return the favour.
“But it’s a business deal and I think it’s in my benefit to see what happens over the next couple of weeks.”
If anyone who is going to know what Tamou is like, it is Scott – who says the young Australian front-rower has been phenomenal in 2012.
“We work well together, we have two different styles and we compliment each other well,” he said.
“It’s good to have him out there, we know what each other are capable of,” he said.
“He’s come along in leaps and bounds this year, everyone can see that. I think he gained a lot of confidence out of rep footy.
“He’s a big boy and starting to realise what he can do. Injuries permitting, hopefully we can keep playing together for a few years and win a few things.”