Hull FC center Cameron Scott ready to make his mark
The youngster took advantage of his chance last season after Saints’ England center Mark Percival suffered a long-term injury.
However, others from this Academy vintage, such as the Harry Newman and Wigan Warriors duo of Leeds Rhinos, Morgan Smithies and Harry Smith, had already made an impression at the first-team level for a long time.
Cameron Scott of Hull FC, who led England’s youngsters to serial success with such authority and composure three years ago, hopes he gets the chance to shine in 2021.
So far, opportunities have been fleeting for the Bradfordian, which is perhaps not surprising given that he has crosses of such sustained quality as Carlos Tuimavave and Josh Griffin ahead of him at KCOM stadium.
Nonetheless, new Black and White head coach Brett Hodgson was impressed with his preseason approach and the 21-year-old tall was told he would play in their opening friendly against the York City Knights. Thursday.
“If you look at the majority of this England squad now, we’ve all played in the Super League and some are regulars,” said Scott, who has had loan spells with Doncaster, Dewsbury Rams, York and Leigh Centurions since. his creation. Hull debuted in 2018.
“Jack Welsby won a grand final the same way he did and I was sitting watching it on the moon for him. Then there’s Harry Newman who I stayed with on this series.
“It’s great to see us all pushing – and some of the other guys pushing in the England squad, playing regularly and showing why they’re there.
“You could go through the whole roster of this squad, but it shows that with this crop of players coming in it’s going to be a few good years for England.
“Personally, in Hull, I can’t wait to start this season. This is my first time coming back for the preseason knowing that I am staying rather than possibly being loaned out.
“I came back last preseason with a bit of an injury, then I went on loan (to Leigh).
“It was one of those embarrassing things where you settle in and then get sent somewhere else.
“But I had a good preseason and that’s where I’m going to be.”
Dislodging Griffin – who is part of Shaun Wane’s England squad with Percival, Newman and Oliver Gildart – and the excellent New Zealander Tuimavave is no easy task.
“Yes, these are arguably two of the best centers in the competition,” conceded Scott, who joined Hull on the Bradford Bulls liquidation in 2017.
“But because of that, there are things to learn and when you face them day in and day out, it will only help me.
“They can’t wait to teach me – there’s no arrogance – and I can’t wait to learn from them. If I can be half the player of those two, I’ll be pretty happy.
“There are pros and cons on both sides. It’s up to me to seize this opportunity, to prove that I can do the job and also to be my own center.
Scott excelled in the championship, scoring four tries in as many games for Leigh before the pandemic ended competition in March.
He returned to Hull, where assistant coach Andy Last was in charge on an interim basis, and managed four Super League games to further boost his confidence.
Scott has already shown he can cope with adversity after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 14.
He was told he would need to inject himself with insulin for the rest of his life, that didn’t intimidate him.
Indeed, Scott’s reaction is a perfect example for other young people aspiring to become professional athletes who might find themselves in the same situation.
He recalled: “I think you probably have two options in the end: kiss him and accept that it’s not going to get better without a cure or you can turn around and let it take. the top and I was the old one.
“Once I was diagnosed, the first thing I wanted to do was play rugby. You put it in the back of your mind and as long as it doesn’t affect what you do or how you train, it can be pretty positive.
Hodgson – who will alternate his three co-captains with Danny Houghton first against York – considers Scott’s preseason “exceptional” and expects him to play second as well.
The manager is “extremely confident” that the player will make his mark in the Super League. Now is roughly when rather than if.
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