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Nick Scruton cleans up at Bradford Bulls awards night
HE’S GOT THE LOT! Nick Scruton with the Telegraph and Argus player of the year trophy on a night when he also won the coach’s, fans’ and players’ player accolades
Renaissance man Nick Scruton last night spoke of his pride after scooping a near clean sweep of prizes in the Bulls’ end-of-season awards – including the Telegraph & Argus player of the year.
The Bulls prop has enjoyed an outstanding campaign after fighting back from a couple of injury-plagued years which drove him to the brink of quitting the game.
Scruton has missed only one match all year – the Tetley’s Challenge Cup win at Rochdale in April – and his form has been exemplary throughout.
It is testament to his desire to reignite his career following injuries related to his wrist and shoulder and being diagnosed with diabetes.
The former Leeds man gained the highest score of any Bradford player after averaging 7.68 out of ten in the T&A’s individual player match ratings.
He also landed the forward of the year, Prize Bull – awarded by coach Francis Cummins – players’ player and fans’ player of the year awards.
Scruton, who made his 100th appearance for the Bulls during Sunday’s home defeat to London Broncos, said: “I’m delighted and proud to be recognised for my performances this year.”
Scruton, 28, feared he would be left high and dry last season after a year in which he barely played due to injuries and which saw the Bulls enter administration.
Cummins said: “Scrutes’ performances this year have been absolutely tremendous and there’s a lot more to be written about this guy.
“Last season, there were one or two games left and Scrutes had these old boots that were held together by tape. I said to him ‘what are you doing?’ and he said he couldn’t bring himself to buy any more boots.
“Scrutes had given up and it was one of the saddest days of my career both playing and coaching.
"That was part of my drive to get him back to his best and he’s done that, so I’m absolutely delighted for him to win these accolades.”
Elliot Kear earned the second-highest average score of 7.25 and Danny Addy was level in third place with Jarrod Sammut on just over seven.
Kear was named back of the year, Luke Gale won the Foundation player of the year and in Paul Medley’s Academy there were prizes for Danny Gregory (most improved), Sam Wood (coach’s player) and Jarrod Ward (players’ player).
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