Front-row recruit Nick Scruton is confident Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will be a tough team to beat this year, once their new signings gel.
FRONT-ROW recruit Nick Scruton is confident Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will be a tough team to beat this year, once their new signings gel.
Scruton made his Wildcats debut in the 56-14 drubbing of Catalan Dragons two days ago – just six days after signing for the club from Bradford Bulls.
The victory over Dragons was Wildcats’ first of the season, after three straight defeats and lifted them to ninth in the First Utility Super League table, above champions Wigan Warriors and two points clear of the relegation zone.
Wildcats can give their survival chances another boost on Saturday when they visit winless London Broncos and Scruton is confident they will get better and more competitive as the season goes on.
“The squad here is good,” said the 29-year-old prop. “We are struggling to get troops on the pitch at the minute, but I think once we get everybody on the field we will be all right.
“It has been hard. We have got two new half-backs – one who has only been in the country a month and the other who has been here a week longer than me.
“It is going to take a little bit of time. We are spending plenty of time out on the field and once everybody starts gelling and gets used to each other we are going to be a side, definitely.”
Scruton is Wildcats’ second in-season signing from cash-strapped Bradford, following Jarrod Sammut, who kicked a club Super League record 10 goals against Catalan.
“I thought I had shaken him off,” Scruton said. “He is one of those characters, you either love him or hate him and luckily enough I love him.
“He is always a laugh, you never know what you’re going to get with him, but he keeps me entertained.”
Scruton’s wife Alice is on the staff at Wildcats and he said he knew most of the squad before his first training session last week, which made settling in easier.
“Rugby’s rugby,” he stressed. “You could walk into any team and the lads are always pretty good.
“Everybody has made me feel welcome, they’ve looked after me and now I just want to get stuck in and get on with my rugby.”
Scruton has made no secret of the fact he did not seek a move from Bulls. He said: “In an ideal world I would never have left Bradford. I loved the club and the lads, but it is what it is.
“I am a Wakey player now and I’ve just got to get on with it. That’s rugby league, things change and I am just going to do my best for Wakey now.”
Scruton signed a one-year deal, but he added: “There’s a one-year option, which we can take up if we want.
“If not, both parties can look elsewhere.
“There was no real thinking behind it, other than getting stability this year for me and my family.
“I don’t think anybody knows what’s going to happen at Bradford and I couldn’t put my family through the uncertainty of not knowing if I was going to get paid and things like that.
“Once this came up it was not fair on my family to not take it. I had to take it and I am going to make the best of it now. I left Bradford on good terms. I rang Franny (coach Francis Cummins) and nothing was done behind anyone’s back.
“He said whatever decision I took his opinion of me would not change and that was nice to hear. I was there six years and it would have been wrong to leave on bad terms. Everything was pretty sweet.”