TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 20: Matt Scott of the Cowboys looks on during the round 18 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at 1300SMILES Stadium on July 20, 2019 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

North Queensland has released a statement surrounding the health of prop Matt Scott, after the veteran forward suffered a mild stroke on Sunday.

Scott is expected to make a full recovery according to the statement, with the Cowboys suggesting the stroke was unrelated to football.

The full statement can be found below.

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys prop Matt Scott suffered a mild stroke on Sunday.

Doctors are confident the stroke was unrelated to football and he is expected to make a full recovery.

The retiring Cowboys legend remains in hospital in Brisbane and a Townsville return date remains unclear.

The Cowboys will continue to provide Matt and his family all possible support and the club would ask media to respect the privacy of the Scott family during this time.


  1. Scotty would be wise to retire straight away. If I was him, I wouldn’t risk a knock to the head despite what the medical reports have found. He can get the honour he deserves without putting his life after football long term health at risk.

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