Knights back-rower released on compassionate grounds at season’s end

Beau Scott

The reasoning why has been well-documented and the Newcastle Knights have made it official, with back-rower Beau Scott granted permission to leave the club based on compassionate grounds from the start of the 2016 season.

Joining the club in 2013, he was contracted to the Knights until the end of the 2017 season but personal matters have resulted in the decision.

The club, despite their best efforts to support Scott in every way that they could over the last couple of years hold no hard feelings and wish the back-rower the very best moving forward.

“Beau has been an outstanding contributor to our Club since his arrival but genuine compassionate matters have forced Beau to return to Sydney to be closer to family support,” CEO Matt Gidley explained.

“While we as a Club have done everything in our power to support Beau and his family over the last 12 months, we acknowledge that certain circumstances go beyond the reach of any employer.

“We wish Beau the very best for his future, both personally and professionally, and look forward to him returning to the field and leading our team throughout the remainder of this season.”

With a total of 41 games to his name in the Knights colours, Scott said the reasoning was because of family and to be closer to them in Sydney.

“Our family situation changed significantly following our move to Newcastle,” Scott said.

“For this reason alone we have decided it is in the best interest of our young family to return to Sydney to be close to our family network, as we will very much need their support in the coming years.

“This has been a very weighty decision for us to make.

Scott is grateful for what the club has done and pleased with the way they have helped him.

“We are extremely grateful to Matt Gidley, Rick Stone and the Newcastle Knights for the empathy they have shown and for their continuous help and support,” said Scott.

“We couldn’t have hoped for more.”

With the decision now made and approved, Scott’s focus is on returning for the Knights once his ankle heals and finishing the season off well for the Knights.

“I came to the Knights two years ago very excited at the prospect of joining this great Club with every intention of doing what it takes to win the premiership,” Scott added.

“I still have that desire and have every intention of playing to the best of my ability.

“I believe ‘we’ as a playing group can achieve much this season and I look forward to doing so.”

With the Knights releasing Scott, it opened up the opportunity for the Parramatta Eels to confirm his signing for three seasons.

Well aware of his ability on the field and his compassion off it, club Chairman Steve Sharp knows what Scott can bring to the Eels team.

“Beau is a hard-nosed forward who is well-known as one of the toughest competitors in the game. Equally, he is a quality individual and we look forward to him being a positive influence at our club on and off the field,” Sharp said.

“We have a talented but young roster at the Eels, and recruiting players like Beau will add valuable playing experience and leadership to our club.”

With the key in Sharp’s eyes to find the right balance within the side itself and the players that have been signed and re-signed, he believes the club is moving along nicely.

“Finding the right balance of skill and experience is part of our club’s strategic recruitment direction, and I’m happy to see many of our objectives have been met by players we’ve both recruited and re-signed,” said Sharp.

“As an Origin and Australian player, Beau’s talent and experience on the field speaks for itself, and he will be a great leader for our younger players,” Head Coach Brad Arthur said.

“I’m looking forward to having Beau join our side for the next three years.”

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