Season review: Matt Scott
Undoubtedly the main man in the North Queensland forward pack, Scott again showed why he's regarded as one of the elite front-rowers in the game, not only shining at club level but also in representative footy for Australia and Queensland.
The only thing that was able to slow him down was a fractured cheekbone suffered in Origin II that kept him on the sideline for a month.
When he returned, the co-captain’s tremendous form was a big reason for the Cowboys winning eight of their last 10 matches.
Amazingly consistent, Scott was never held under 100 metres in attack all season and he smashed through the 150-metre barrier 12 times, highlighted by a performance that earned him a rare perfect 10 from Rugby League Week in round nine against Brisbane.
On that night, he ran for a season-high 237 metres with three linebreaks, a try and 27 tackles.
Scott’s metres per game average was No.1 for the Cowboys, 33m ahead of second-ranked Jason Taumalolo and 34m better than what he achieved in 2013.
He’s also proud of his career-best four-try haul.
All of this was achieved with a badly damaged shoulder that required an end-of-season reconstruction.
Scott’s career record now includes 16 Tests for his country and 16 State of Origin appearances for Queensland.
WHAT’S IN STORE IN 2015:
The shoulder surgery that kept Scott out of Australia’s team for the Four Nations will also keep him off the training field until the new year.
However, it’s expected that the 29-year-old will be right to go for round one.
He’ll start 2015 just 17 games short of playing 200 for the Cowboys and earning life member status.
There’s no doubt that he has a huge desire to bring a premiership to North Queensland, so Cowboys members can count on more of the same from their inspirational co-captain who is one of the best leaders in the game.