Bradford Bulls have announced that Sam Scott has decided to call time on his playing career due to a long-standing injury.
The powerful back-rower joined the Bulls at the start of 2022 and made an instant impact, before an injury sustained against Halifax Panthers ruled him out for the rest of the season.
This news comes after they lost new signing Dalton Desmond-Walker before a ball was kicked as he headed back to Australia.
Sam Scott said:
“I have come to this decision on the back of what has been an ongoing issue, I thought it had been resolved with an operation, I have done everything I can the medical team have been brilliant but unfortunately all good things have got to come to an end and the wear and tear have got the better of me and there’s nothing I or anyone can do about it.
“To go on record, I would like to thank Bradford for the opportunity, I have not played as much as I would have liked but they have looked after me, I cannot fault the club at all. Any treatment or medical procedure has been done and part of my decision to retire now is to give a bit back to the club. I could have wasted a few months to see if it got better but that wasn’t in the best interests of myself or the club, I was open and honest and have come to this decision.
“I would like to thank all the clubs, staff and players I have played for and with. Having started out at Wakefield as a kid, Sheffield, Batley, York and then finally Bradford. I have had a decent career as a Championship player, played in two Championship finals, won one of them as well as having played at Wembley.
“Finally, I would like to thank my family. My mum and dad for ferrying me around to training and matches as a kid and my missus and our children for all their support.”
CEO Jason Hirst added:
“On behalf of the club and myself, first and foremost we are sincerely disappointed for Sam, that he has had to call a premature end to what has been a very good career. Throughout his time at the Bulls, Sam has been a model professional, typified by the way he has conducted himself and handled this very difficult situation. As a first class human being, we wish Sam every success moving forward.”