Dyldam Parramatta Eels second-rower Beau Scott is taking a straightforward approach to the off-field media attention that has followed the Blue and Gold since the NRL issued the club with preliminary findings relating to alleged breaches of the salary cap.
So what does the Blue and Gold playing group think of NRL investigation and ensuing media attention?
“I think the answer’s pretty simple, we all want to see the end of it,” Scott said.
“But it is what it is. As of this week we’re still playing for points, and whatever’s going to happen down the track is out of our control.”
“We’ve just got to control what we can, which is getting on the field this Friday and trying to get the two points. We’re paid to put the performances on on the football field and we’ll continue to do that.”
With 14 NRL squad Members on representative duties over the weekend, Scott and the remaining players were given a 5-day breather, and the second-rower says the break was a welcome one.
“We’ve been given the week off, so it’s been great,” Scott said.
“I’ve been home with the family, letting this all run its course. Everyone’s in good spirits and I think we’re looking forward to the game after a week off.”
And while the NRL's breach notice and preliminary findings could potentially prove an unwelcome distraction for the players, Scott says the process hasn't splintered the players' bond.
"I think we’ve been playing that brand of football where we’ve been sticking up for each other on the field," Scott said.
"And I think it (the pressure) can’t hurt what we’re trying to achieve. If anything I think it’s [also] going to bring the fans closer and more involved in the club."
"We’ve got faith in Brad, he keeps us informed of what we need to know, and he’s done a great job in keeping us focussed on the football games and sheltering us from everything that’s happening outside it."
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