Big Mal sends best wishes to Scott after health scare

Titans Head of Performance and Culture Mal Meninga has sent a message of support to Matt Scott, saying he expects the Cowboys prop to handle his recovery from illness the same way he approaches his football – with no stone left unturned.

The rugby league world was shocked by the news that Scott, playing his last season with North Queensland, had been hospitalised after suffering a mild stroke on the weekend.

Meninga has a long relationship with Scott, stretching back to when Meninga handed the Ilfracombe product his first Queensland State of Origin jersey in 2006.

The league Immortal said the toughness and durability that Scott has shown through his long playing career would help him get through his freak health scare.

“Matt is a great human being, and a great player,” Meninga said.

“In my experience with Matty, he’s the best front rower of his generation of the last 10 years. Everything he does is extremely professional, he looks after himself extremely well.

“He’s a great leader and great captain, he plays in the toughest spot in the team and without his efforts I don’t think the Cowboys would have had as much success.

“I think hearing the news that someone his age and in his top physical condition had had a stroke was a jolt for all of us. But it was probably another reminder that none of us can take our health for granted.

“But Matt is receiving the very best care, and is very fortunate to have the support of a wonderful family that loves him, a club with a wonderful culture of looking after their own at the Cowboys, and the best wishes of everyone in the rugby league community.”