Dyldam Parramatta Eels second rower Beau Scott says he can't wait to get back out on to the paddock this Thursday night when the Eels take on the Brisbane Broncos at Pirtek Stadium.
After making the switch from the Newcastle Knights at the end of 2015, a long 2016 pre-season, the hard nosed forward says the squad is sick of turning up and not being able to take the field.
"Obviously it has been a long pre-season as most people tell you this time of year, but I am really excited that we can open the year this Thursday night," Scott said.
"The boys are over turning up not playing on the weekend and we get to do that this Thursday coming."
For Scott, coming to a new club has been a refresh for the forward.
"I am looking forward to it persoanlly, gelling with a few new players that I havent played with before and I can't wait to get out there on Pirtek Stadium in front of a packed stadium with the crowd right behind us," Scott said.
"It is like a holiday, coming to a new club, a new coach, a new setup. I have really enjoyed it so far and am looking forward to putting all our practice in to playing on Thursday" he added.
The 31 year old enforcer says the off-field distractions played out in the media have not been an issue for the side, with the Blue and Gold busy on preparing themselves the best way they can.
"We have just been doing what we can control and that's getting to training and working hard this time of year ahead of Thursday," Scott said.
"We have just been getting out there and doing our best on the training paddock and hopefully we can turn that into a performance on Thursday night."
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