After a career spanning 16 seasons, veteran North Queensland Cowboys prop Matt Scott will retire from the NRL at season’s end.
Making his debut as an 18-year old in 2004, Scott has enjoyed an illustrious career that has included success at all levels.
With 263 games to his name, he is the club’s most capped forward and the third most capped overall.
Scott captained the club from 2011 to 2017 alongside Johnathan Thurston and was on-hand to celebrate the Cowboys maiden premiership success in 2015.
His love and passion for the game have not dwindled but Scott admits that his body just cannot handle the rigours of the game anymore.
“I am still extremely passionate about this club and the game of rugby league, but 16 years of NRL has taken its toll on my body and it’s time to stop,” Scott said.
“Thank you to my family and friends as well as Cowboys staff, players, members, partners and fans for your support.
“You have all played a part in making my rugby league career a life changing and unbelievable experience.
“Finally, thank you to the North Queensland region and Cowboys for letting me represent you on the rugby league field.
“I have loved every minute of it.”
The praise flew from the left, the right and the centre for Matt Scott from the Cowboys General Manger of Football, Peter Parr.
“In my opinion, Matt Scott ranks as the number one forward ever to don a Cowboys jersey,” Parr said.
“There is absolutely no doubt that at the peak of his powers he was unrivalled at the best front rower in the world.
“Matt was a major contributor to the most successful era of this club’s history.
“Not many people can say they were one of the most influential people in the best era of their club.
“He’s had an amazing career, one he and his family should be extremely proud of and a career the people of North Queensland should be thankful they were able to witness.”