BATLEY BULLDOGS full-back Dave Scott says he is “proud” to be Scotland’s all-time record try-scorer after helping his nation qualify for the 2021 World Cup.
The Bravehearts defeated Serbia in Glasgow and Greece in London, in consecutive weeks, to secure their place at the tournament.
It has been a particularly successful international period for 26-year-old Scott, who scored a hat-trick in their opener to draw level with the scoring record before surpassing it with another try against Greece last Friday.
The Bulldogs player now has 10 tries in his 18 appearances and while he is happy to have overtaken Mick Nanyn’s nine-try haul, he already has his eyes on beating Danny Brough’s 25 caps to become his country’s record appearance-holder.
“It’s an achievement that I’m very proud of and I definitely celebrated. It’s something that doesn’t happen every day,” said the Stirling-born back, who discovered rugby league on television as a kid and committed to the sport after being snapped up by Hull KR.
“I’m definitely looking to keep hold of it in the future and with 18 caps just now, the next goal is to try and hold the record for the most caps.”
Scott will have the chance to edge closer towards that landmark with participation in the World Cup, which will be held in England in two years’ time.
He has already been to two, playing against the USA and in a quarter-final against New Zealand in 2013 before travelling Down Under in 2017 only to be forced to sit out through injury.
“I was really fortunate (to play in 2013), I was only 20 at the time,” he said. “I managed to get an opportunity to play against the USA at Salford’s ground which we won. We played against New Zealand in the quarter-final at Headingley and that was a massive experience for me being so young.
“Unfortunately for the 2017 World Cup, although it was great to be selected and go to Australia and New Zealand, my tour finished after the first week essentially due to injury. It was disappointing but that experience has just made me hungrier for the 2021 World Cup.”
Scott will be straight back to the grind with Batley next week as pre-season training gets underway, and he is eager to begin preparations for his fifth season at the club and impress new head coach Craig Lingard.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back. I think it’s because it’s been such a long break, it’s been two months (although) the Scotland stuff has kept me up to speed with things.
“It’s amazing, when you get that amount of time off, how much you miss it. You get itchy feet and can’t wait to get back in there and get amongst the lads.
“We’ve got a new head coach so naturally that changes the game a little bit. It’s a clean slate and everyone is on a level playing field so everyone will be going into pre-season trying to put their best foot forward and impress for selection.”
Although Scott played at centre for Scotland in the recent internationals, he has made the Bulldogs number one jersey his own over the last few years. Luke Hooley has been signed from Wakefield to provide a different option in the full-back department but Scott admits that he wants to stay in that role.
“To be honest my preferred position is full-back, that’s where I want to play, but I’ll play anywhere that the coach asks me to play if it’s for the good of the team.
“This is me going into my fifth year at Batley and it’s the longest I’ve ever been at a club. It’s like a second home to me, I absolutely love the club, the people and the fans, and I’ll be looking to stay there as long as I possibly can.”