Cowboys star Matt Scott announces retirement

North Queensland Cowboys prop Matt Scott has revealed he will retire from NRL at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old made the announcement at an emotional press conference on Friday.

“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.”

Dubbed one of the greatest players in Cowboys club history, Scott has played his entire career in North Queensland, since debuting as an 18-year-old in 2004.

Cowboys Director of Football Peter Parr described Scott as one of the most influential figures in the history of the club.

“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.”