Doncaster RLFC: Connor Scott relishing intense competition for places

Connor Scott. Photo: Rob Terrace
Connor Scott. Photo: Rob Terrace

Dons prop Connor Scott is the first to admit that he faces some stiff competition for a place in the side.

When everyone is available new head coach Richard Horne can call upon the likes of former Super League stars Feka Paleaaesina and Makali Aizue and seasoned campaigners Mark Castle and Russ Spiers as well as former Doncaster Toll Bar man Zac Braham.

It is an array of front-row talent which few, if any, League One clubs can match.

“There is obviously a lot of competition for places and it keeps everyone on their toes because no one is guaranteed to play every week,” said 24 year-old Scott.

“Like everyone else, I want to be involved every week but even when I’m not playing I’m still picking up a lot watching the more experienced props and also training with them, so I’m learning all the time.”

Scott sat out on the draw against Barrow in the cub’s last home game after missinng the win at Workington Town the previous week due to personal reasons.

But he was back in action in Sunday’s game at third-placed Whitehaven at The Recreation Ground and hopes he did enough to retain his place in the side to entertain Newcastle in the second of the club’s two League One games switched to the town’s athletics stadium (pitch 2) this weekend.

Alhough some people connected with the club feel that the Dons surrender some home advantage playing on the pitch at this time of the year, Scott has no complaints.

“Obviously as a stadium it doesn’t compare to the Keepmoat and it can be very windy, as we saw against Barrow,” he said.

“But it’s a good pitch and hopefully we’ll improve on the Barrow result on Sunday.”

Having played alongside him during their time together at Sheffield Eagles, where the two men were at the opposite end of their respective careers, Scott endorses Horne’s decision to let assistant coach Pete Green carry on playing following his recent decision to come out of retirement.

“Pete coming into the side in recent weeks has been a massive boost for the team,” he said.

“As well as leading by example in defence, he’s a terrific leader on the field.

“For the younger forwards like Zac and myself it’s been awesome having him out there.”