Cowboys prop Matt Scott has announced his retirement from the game at the end of the season.

The 33-year old has enjoyed one of the longer-running careers in rugby league and will retire as a one-club player, notching 263 games for the Cowboys over 16 seasons.

Scott played a key role in North Queensland's most successful era, including seven-straight finals appearances from 2011-2017, as well as the club's maiden premiership in 2015.

He sits only behind  Johnathan Thurston (294) and Matthew Bowen (270) for all-time games played at the Cowboys.

“I am still extremely passionate about this club and the game of rugby league, but 16 years of NRL has taken its toll on my body and it’s time to stop,” Scott told the club website.

“Thank you to my family and friends as well as Cowboys staff, players, members, partners and fans for your support. You have all played a part in making my rugby league career a life changing and unbelievable experience.

“Finally thank you to the North Queensland region and Cowboys for letting me represent you on the rugby league field. I have loved every minute of it.”

Scott made a total of 22 appearances for both Australia and Queensland, with Dally M Prop of the Year (2011) and Dally M Captain of the Year (2015) honours to his name.

Cowboys Director of Football Peter Parr lauded Scott for his contributions to the club.

“In my opinion Matt Scott ranks as the number one forward ever to don a Cowboys jersey,” Parr said.

“There is absolutely no doubt that at the peak of his powers he was unrivalled at the best front rower in the world.

“Matt was a major contributor to the most successful era of this club’s history. Not many people can say they were one of the most influential people in the best era of their club.

“He’s had an amazing career, one he and his family should be extremely proud of and a career the people of North Queensland should be thankful they were able to witness.”


  1. It’s a shame he couldn’t retire firing on all cylinders. He spent some of his career as best prop in the world.
    All the best Thumper.

  2. He was an excellent prop in his day but when he injured his knee in round 2 of 2017, that was the end of his career as we knew it. Scott was never the same player since. Only a Shadow of his former abilities.

    I hate to see grown men cry when anouncing retirement. I’m sure if he was a brickies labourer and he was 67 he wouldnt carry on like a typical Qld baby.

    The guy has made more money in 16 seasons than 10 bricky labourers working to 60, he can enjoy life until the day he dies and never have to work again. Yet the Queenslander cries. Please.

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