Nick Scruton: It won’t be easy facing my former Bradford Bulls team-mates

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Nick Scruton helps make a tackle against future employers Wakefield during what was to be his final match in a Bulls shirt Nick Scruton helps make a tackle against future employers Wakefield during what was to be his final match in a Bulls shirt

When Nick Scruton helped the Bulls to victory at Wakefield on February 20, little did he know it would prove to be his last game for the club.

Just over a week later, he followed Garreth Carvell and Jarrod Sammut out of Bradford in the wake of the club’s slide into administration.

On Sunday, Scruton will make his first return to Odsal as a Wildcats player in a game that the hosts simply must win to avoid falling ten points behind Richard Agar’s side.

“As soon as our match against Warrington finished last weekend, I started thinking about the Bulls game,” said Scruton.

“It’s not going to be easy but I’m looking forward to it and it’s a massive game for both clubs.

“It will have a cup-tie feel to it and both teams are going to be desperate for the points.

“There is pressure on both sides because if we lose and Bradford get some of their points back next week, then it becomes tight.”

Victory on Sunday for Wakefield, who face London in their following match, would leave Scruton’s old team-mates deeper in the relegation quicksand.

He said: “If Wakefield stay up it would probably be at Bradford’s expense and I knew that when I signed.”

The former Leeds prop never really wanted to leave and only went because of the club’s ongoing ownership saga.

He explained: “It was awful coming in to Tong and telling everyone that the best thing for me and my family was leaving.

“I still think about it now. When I see the lads doing well or read articles about them being a good bunch who stick together, I feel bad that I had to leave them.

“They weren’t just rugby players to me; they were my best friends as well. We had been through a lot together but leaving was what I had to do.

“A lot of the lads said ‘you’d be stupid not to, you can’t turn this down’ and it was nice of everyone to be nice to me.

“But that made it even harder and sadder. I’d rather they had called me every name under the sun so I could have left and said ‘stuff you lot’.

“But they were all awesome about it and 99 per cent of the fans were brilliant too. I’ve only good things to say about Bradford.”

Scruton’s departure was all the more disappointing, given that he picked up a clutch of player-of-the-year awards in 2013.

“It was the best season of my career ever,” he recalled.

“I finally got over a lot of injuries and was looking to kick on again this year, so having to leave came as bad timing.

“I think moving must have affected me more than I thought because in the first few weeks I was useless.

“I’ve finally settled in now and am just looking forward to playing some good stuff for Wakefield.”

Scruton’s initial struggle to settle sparked rumours of a return to Bradford.

But the 29-year-old said: “I couldn’t see it ever working and, as I’ve said before, once you make your bed you’ve got to lie in it.

“I’m a Wakefield player now and I just want to do well for them.”

Scruton left Bradford essentially because he wanted to safeguard the future of his wife Alice, who works for the Wildcats in a player welfare role, and their young son George.

He has already begun planning for life after rugby league and works part-time for his dad’s bricklaying business – Mark Scruton Builders.

Scruton explained: “I’m working with my dad with all my spare time.

“I finish training at around 1pm and I usually head straight over to work and tend to finish at about 4.30pm.

“On my day off from rugby, I get a full day in working with my dad.

“It’s taken him 30 years to get a decent reputation and we work all over the place.

“He’s over in Goole next week, we’ve been on the other side of Leeds in Cookridge and we’ll do anywhere around Morley and Gildersome.

“He’s got about four jobs on at the minute and needs a spare pair of hands. It’s pretty hard but it’s only going to benefit me in the end.”

Scruton has seen former team-mates find themselves out of Super League and playing on a part-time basis in the Championship.

That prompted him to start planning ahead.

“I just got a bit panicky because you never realise how old you are and time creeps up on you,” he said.

“When Wagga (Wayne Godwin) went to Dewsbury and had to go part-time, he was in a real panic and didn’t really have anything to fall back on.

“It was his wife who said to mine ‘whatever you do, make sure Nick has got something to fall back on after rugby’, so my dad advised I started working with him.

“So that’s me, a part-time bricklayer now. There are another two lads who have worked with my dad for ages and obviously myself, so there are four of us now.

“I’m enjoying it, although not so much in the middle of winter.

“I knew I needed to do something to make sure I could put food on the table for George when I finish playing rugby.”

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7:18am Thu 29 May 14

flashdonut says...

Quality person. No more can be said. Genuine good guy.
Quality person. No more can be said. Genuine good guy. flashdonut
  • Score: 5

7:19am Thu 29 May 14

nosher says...

Hope the 2 turncoats get the welcome, abuse they deserve. Bulls to win by 18.
Hope the 2 turncoats get the welcome, abuse they deserve. Bulls to win by 18. nosher
  • Score: 2

7:47am Thu 29 May 14

raisemeup says...

This sums up entirely why the promotion and relegation is not going to work. Players who have part time jobs are not going to want to give them up to play full time in case their team is relegated the following year - whilst full time players are in the unenviable position that. Wayne Godwin was. Correct me if I.m wrong, but this doesn't apply in football so whilst Clubs cannot afford perhaps the best players, they still have full time squads. We are going back into the dark ages with Rugby, instead of progressing, and when the 8-8-8 comes into force all sections of the sport will suffer - especially the Championship Clubs at the lower level. This plan has not been thought out properly.
This sums up entirely why the promotion and relegation is not going to work. Players who have part time jobs are not going to want to give them up to play full time in case their team is relegated the following year - whilst full time players are in the unenviable position that. Wayne Godwin was. Correct me if I.m wrong, but this doesn't apply in football so whilst Clubs cannot afford perhaps the best players, they still have full time squads. We are going back into the dark ages with Rugby, instead of progressing, and when the 8-8-8 comes into force all sections of the sport will suffer - especially the Championship Clubs at the lower level. This plan has not been thought out properly. raisemeup
  • Score: 5

7:47am Thu 29 May 14

raisemeup says...

This sums up entirely why the promotion and relegation is not going to work. Players who have part time jobs are not going to want to give them up to play full time in case their team is relegated the following year - whilst full time players are in the unenviable position that. Wayne Godwin was. Correct me if I.m wrong, but this doesn't apply in football so whilst Clubs cannot afford perhaps the best players, they still have full time squads. We are going back into the dark ages with Rugby, instead of progressing, and when the 8-8-8 comes into force all sections of the sport will suffer - especially the Championship Clubs at the lower level. This plan has not been thought out properly.
This sums up entirely why the promotion and relegation is not going to work. Players who have part time jobs are not going to want to give them up to play full time in case their team is relegated the following year - whilst full time players are in the unenviable position that. Wayne Godwin was. Correct me if I.m wrong, but this doesn't apply in football so whilst Clubs cannot afford perhaps the best players, they still have full time squads. We are going back into the dark ages with Rugby, instead of progressing, and when the 8-8-8 comes into force all sections of the sport will suffer - especially the Championship Clubs at the lower level. This plan has not been thought out properly. raisemeup
  • Score: -1

7:55am Thu 29 May 14

axelf1963 says...

I disagree it will be his easiest game of the season due to playing against mates which always spurs you on,
Don't be like that nosher he was doing what was best for his family.Rumour has it he was always going to Leeds for the 2014-5 season but with their new signing that could now be false.
Wakey by 8
I disagree it will be his easiest game of the season due to playing against mates which always spurs you on, Don't be like that nosher he was doing what was best for his family.Rumour has it he was always going to Leeds for the 2014-5 season but with their new signing that could now be false. Wakey by 8 axelf1963
  • Score: 2

8:36am Thu 29 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Raisemeup,
Exactly .spot on,but then what do you expect from Red Hall.O.K.the clubs voted for it although I think a lot of them were pressurised into it.That is one of the reasons I say S.L. clubs will go on their own after next season and Promotion and Relegation will be scrapped and then back to square one again.The problem will still exist though with several clubs going to the wall ,including some in S.L.
Raisemeup, Exactly .spot on,but then what do you expect from Red Hall.O.K.the clubs voted for it although I think a lot of them were pressurised into it.That is one of the reasons I say S.L. clubs will go on their own after next season and Promotion and Relegation will be scrapped and then back to square one again.The problem will still exist though with several clubs going to the wall ,including some in S.L. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 2

9:21am Thu 29 May 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

nosher wrote:
Hope the 2 turncoats get the welcome, abuse they deserve. Bulls to win by 18.
you have just about summed up all is wrong with our club. I dare you to say that to either Nick's or Jarrod's face.

Both are decent blokes who gave all for the Club when they put that shirt on and were forced to put their families first as at the time the players were still not getting paid on time and the Clubs future was not certain.
[quote][p][bold]nosher[/bold] wrote: Hope the 2 turncoats get the welcome, abuse they deserve. Bulls to win by 18.[/p][/quote]you have just about summed up all is wrong with our club. I dare you to say that to either Nick's or Jarrod's face. Both are decent blokes who gave all for the Club when they put that shirt on and were forced to put their families first as at the time the players were still not getting paid on time and the Clubs future was not certain. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 0

9:46am Thu 29 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Axel,
Easiest game due to playing against his mates.How would you know that? I am your only mate,even nosher is turning against you.L.O.L.
Axel, Easiest game due to playing against his mates.How would you know that? I am your only mate,even nosher is turning against you.L.O.L. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: -2

10:20am Thu 29 May 14

axelf1963 says...

Good answer Spangles and yes he does seem to be flying solo in his opinions today but that's what makes a forum a forum,He loves me really but I think with his comment above he could upset a few.
Good answer Spangles and yes he does seem to be flying solo in his opinions today but that's what makes a forum a forum,He loves me really but I think with his comment above he could upset a few. axelf1963
  • Score: 0

3:44pm Thu 29 May 14

bartsbull says...

Watch this space the new rules will be changed at the begining of next season
there will be no promotion or relegation they will go back as before

Look at the two at Red Hall Lewis and Solly the format chosen will not work a lots of players from the clubs that drop down and other players that will be released from other clubs will not find a super league club
Some will have to go down a division and i fear some of the young guys will be lost to our great game
The league should have stayed at fourteen clubs with promotion and relegation with the club coming up given two years a year to build a side and year to compete
Watch this space the new rules will be changed at the begining of next season there will be no promotion or relegation they will go back as before Look at the two at Red Hall Lewis and Solly the format chosen will not work a lots of players from the clubs that drop down and other players that will be released from other clubs will not find a super league club Some will have to go down a division and i fear some of the young guys will be lost to our great game The league should have stayed at fourteen clubs with promotion and relegation with the club coming up given two years a year to build a side and year to compete bartsbull
  • Score: 1

4:52pm Thu 29 May 14

nosher says...

fedupwiththeBS wrote:
nosher wrote:
Hope the 2 turncoats get the welcome, abuse they deserve. Bulls to win by 18.
you have just about summed up all is wrong with our club. I dare you to say that to either Nick's or Jarrod's face.

Both are decent blokes who gave all for the Club when they put that shirt on and were forced to put their families first as at the time the players were still not getting paid on time and the Clubs future was not certain.
OK then sport is about rivalry, passion and loyalty. I know players have to look after their families but not at the expense of my lifelong club. We are all allowed our opinions so fe** off if you don't like mine lol. Everybody that has played the game knows you are in for a warm welcome against your old team and in some cases mates.
[quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nosher[/bold] wrote: Hope the 2 turncoats get the welcome, abuse they deserve. Bulls to win by 18.[/p][/quote]you have just about summed up all is wrong with our club. I dare you to say that to either Nick's or Jarrod's face. Both are decent blokes who gave all for the Club when they put that shirt on and were forced to put their families first as at the time the players were still not getting paid on time and the Clubs future was not certain.[/p][/quote]OK then sport is about rivalry, passion and loyalty. I know players have to look after their families but not at the expense of my lifelong club. We are all allowed our opinions so fe** off if you don't like mine lol. Everybody that has played the game knows you are in for a warm welcome against your old team and in some cases mates. nosher
  • Score: 0

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