Melbourne Storm teenage sensation Curtis Scott is out to make up for lost time after his debut NRL season was derailed by a broken leg.
Scott made a meteoric rise into the NRL ranks, breaking into the Storm starting side last year after just turning 18.
But the young centre was sidelined for two months after fracturing his leg in round four and was unable to break back into Melbourne’s winning line-up as they surged into the grand final.
Instead, he played out the season in the Storm’s feeder side on the Sunshine Coast in the Queensland Cup competition.
The comeback presented more than just a physical challenge for Scott, who was earmarked for the big time as a schoolboy.
“At the time the injury was really disappointing and I had a heap of head noise but that all comes as part of the job,” Scott said.
“Every week I tried my hardest to get back in the team and I didn’t get picked and at the time it was frustrating but I just had to do what is best for the team at the time and if (coach) Craig (Bellamy) wanted me to go play up on the Sunny Coast, that’s what I did and I tried my best up there.”
As well as feeling good mentally about the year ahead, Scott has added about four kilograms to his frame and has been one of the stand-outs in pre-season training.
Scott is hoping to reignite an old partnership with Storm newcomer Josh Addo-Carr, who joined this season from Wests Tigers.
The pair played together in junior football at the Sharks and have become tight again in Melbourne.
“He’s silky, ” Scott said.
“We played together in the juniors and I think he’s gotten a bit quicker.
“I’ll try to get the ball to him as quick as I can so he can get a bit of meat, a few tries.”