Batley Bulldogs full-back Dave Scott is hoping to receive a Scotland call-up for Saturday’s Four Nations showdown against England at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.
Scott missed out on Scotland’s 19-man squad for last Friday’s Four Nations opener against Australia in Hull, which saw the Bravehearts go down 54-12, but knows selection for the England clash would cap a fantastic year.
Scott was ever present for Batley during a memorable 2016 campaign, featuring in each of the Bulldogs’ 33 league and cup games.
Speaking before the start of the Four Nations, Scott said: “This year at Batley was really special.
“The players and staff were a special group of people and I think we were all on the same page, all focused with a lot of energy on a common goal which was to make the top-four.
“We did that and then I think in the middle-eights we ran out of steam a bit and in some games we let ourselves down a little bit, but in some of the games we were exceptional.”
Scott recalls the experience of playing in front of a 15,000 strong crowd when Batley travelled to Headingley to face Leeds Rhinos in the middle eights stage of the qualifiers.
Scott added: “I think back to that Friday night against Leeds at Headingley when we played very well. I’ve got some really good memories of the season.”
Scott played for Scotland in the 2013 World Cup and although the Bravehearts are big underdogs against England, he believed the season Batley have had will provide valuable experience.
He added: “We were little old Batley all season. We always had our backs up against the wall and people looked down at us.
“It’s the same sort of mentality (with Scotland). People are looking down on us and we want to go out and make a bit of a statement.
“We have got a massive opportunity with all the media attention the tournament is getting and for the game in Scotland that is a massive thing.
“I was really pleased to be named in the squad. There’s a lot of good players vying for shirts in the back-three and regardless of who plays it’s important our attitude and application in training is first class.”
Scott is also relishing the challenge of working with new Bulldogs coach Matt Diskin after the Four Nations and added: “We’ve got Matt Diskin coming in, I know he’s achieved a lot in his career and I am really looking forward to working with him as a coach.”