Scott: Cowboys can win the NRL
EVERY team in the NRL wants to win a premiership, but Cowboys co-captain Matt Scott genuinely believes his club has the talent and depth to go all the way this season.
The representative prop and his teammates arrived in Cairns yesterday ahead of tomorrow night's NRL trial against the Dragons at Barlow Park, and spent the afternoon meeting the club's fans at Pacific Toyota and Stockland Earlville.
Many of the supporters who flocked to the autograph sessions have high hopes that 2013 is the year the Cowboys win their maiden premiership.
Scott, who has played 141 games for the Cowboys, said the Townsville club had a roster to rival the competition's other title contenders.
"We've got really great depth this year," he said.
"We did lose a couple of hookers in Aaron Payne (retired) and James Segeyaro (Panthers), but the rest of the squad from last year is still in tact.
"We've also got guys coming into the side like Scott Moore and Rory Kostjasyn who'll add a great deal of depth and versatility to the side.
"We're definitely top-four material, but the goal for this side is the premiership. Honestly, I think we'll go a long way towards that.''
The Cowboys will field a near full-strength team against the Dragons, but star five-eighth Johnathan Thurston is in doubt with a wrist injury despite being named earlier in the week.
Scott doesn't know how many minutes he'll see, but he hopes coach Neil Henry gives him a solid hit-out.
"We've brought a pretty big squad, and you never play massive minutes in the first trial,'' he said.
"I'd like to get a pretty good hit-out, about 30 or 40 minutes would be good, but we'll see how the night goes.
"The Dragons have brought up a quality side. They've got some great players.
"It should be a tight game. It's always interesting to see how teams perform this time of the year.''
The Cowboys will hold an open training session at Barlow Park today at 4pm.
Kick-off tomorrow night is at 7.30pm.
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