Scotland have been dealt a blow ahead of the European Championships, after star forward Dale Ferguson revealed to the Telegraph and Argus that he is set to miss the tournament this Autumn.
Ferguson has had an injury-hampered first season at Bradford Bulls in 2014 and, after speaking to Scotland boss Steve McCormack – as well as club coach James Lowes – Ferguson made the call to pull out of contention in order to be right for the start of the 2015 season with the Bulls.
“I spoke to Steve and Ollie and I was keen to play but, after talking to Jimmy, we decided it would be better if I rested my body after what has been a really bad season, to be honest,” he said.
“I had an operation last Wednesday because I had torn my groin off the bone but played those games at the back end of the season as I wanted to get some game-time under my belt.
“I’ve got it fixed up now and it’s just a case of rehabbing it and starting running again in time for the start of pre-season.
“I am gutted because I love playing with the Scotland lads. But if I played in the European Championships and then missed most of next year, it would put my job in jeopardy.
“I want to repay the Bulls for standing by me and have a good season next year.”