It has been a long 13 years for Scott Bolton but 2019 will be his last in North Queensland Cowboys colours.
One of the greatest forwards to don the jersey, he will sit fourth in the club’s most capped list, behind Matt Scott, Matt Bowen and Johnathan Thurston.
With 244 NRL games to his name to date, Bolton was also a premiership winner with the Cowboys in 2015.
After playing his 200th game in 2017, Bolton became the club’s eighth life member and is blessed to have donned the Cowboys jersey for this long.
“As a kid from Innisfail, just coming to the Cowboys in the mid-2000s was fulfilling a life-long dream,” Bolton said.
“I never imagined I’d go on to play for the club for 13 seasons.
“I’d like to thank my family, teammates, coaches and fans as well as all the sponsors of the club for all their support throughout my career.
“I have so many great memories of playing at 1300SMILES Stadium and I can’t wait to run on to the ground one final time on Thursday night.”
There was no question from the club that despite his pending departure, that Scott Bolton has established himself as club royalty.
“In some ways, Scott Bolton’s career has been understated, but if you have a look at his resume, 244 games, life member, two grand finals, one premiership, numerous finals games – he’s had one of the premier Cowboys careers,” Cowboys Director of Football Peter Parr said.
“He’s one of the most selfless players I’ve seen in my time here.
“He came to us straight out of high school in Innisfail and what he’s gone on to achieve has been remarkable.
“In my mind, Scott Bolton is one of the great contributors, both on and off the field, in this club’s history.”