Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The Canberra Raiders have today confirmed that they have released centre Curtis Scott effective immediately as a result of an off-field incident, with a club making an official statement earlier this afternoon via their website.
“The Canberra Raiders Board of Directors today decided to terminate the contract of Curtis Scott effective immediately,” stated the Raiders.
“The Board carefully considered the statements made at the ‘show cause’ hearing with Curtis Scott on August 17 and the material supplied afterwards.
“The Board decided that Curtis Scott’s prior behaviour and recent assault charge has brought the Club into disrepute, and they could not ignore this and the responsibilities that his NRL playing Contract entails.
“The Board said the Club would continue to support Curtis Scott’s ongoing rehabilitation and it will be in contact with NRL Welfare in this regard.
“The club will be making no further comment on the issue.”
The Raiders have released the following Statement regarding Curtis Scott. https://t.co/Frh59XmvU4
— Ken Behren Raiders (@RaidersCanberra) August 23, 2021
Scott joined the Green Machine in 2020 on a deal that was supposed to conclude at the end of the 2023 NRL season.
During 2021, the former Bundeena Bushranger made ten appearances for the Raiders, scoring a try, assisting two, making 23 tackle breaks, four line breaks, averaged 106 running metres per game, and made 115 tackles for an efficiency rate of 89.9%, a good strike rate for a centre in defence.
At just 23-years-old, Scott may still have a future in the NRL, although this of course depends on whether or not he is in the right mindset to play again by the time 2022 comes around.
If he is good to go, then some clubs would value his defensive services at centre, such as the Gold Coast Titans or Parramatta Eels, two clubs who could do with a player on an edge that possesses defensive knowhow.
His former club the Melbourne Storm, who have just lost Brenko Lee to the Broncos, may also look to bring him back to the club on a reduced deal.
The Sydney Roosters may also be an option, with Josh Morris getting older, Billy Smith, unfortunately, being injured a lot of the time and Joseph Suaalii still finding his way in first grade.