North Queensland’s latest re-signing, test forward Matt Scott, says he is happy to remain with the Cowboys.
Co-captain Scott signed a new deal this week to stay with the Townsville club until the end of 2017, after a protracted wait for the NRL‘s salary cap to be thrashed out.
“In the end it wasn’t really a hard one [decision] to make,” said 27-year-old prop Scott.
“I’ve got a lot of support up here both within the club and outside of it so when it came down to the and lifestyle factors outside of footy, I’m very happy to stay a Cowboy.
“I always wanted to get it done before the season. It’s a little bit of a distraction for me so I’m very happy I could get it done before the trials. I can concentrate on my footy and look forward to the year ahead.”
Club bosses are equally delighted at Scott’s capture.
“This is a huge re-signing for our club,” Cowboys chief executive Peter Jourdain said.
“This signing shows a real loyalty from Matt to our club and our region.
“Matt’s influence on and off the field is immense and he was someone we were very keen to have stay in North Queensland with the Cowboys.”
The Cowboys however may have a harder time hanging on to star playmaker Jonathan Thurston, who is reportedly the subject of several lucrative offers from a number of Sydney-based clubs.