We have lost another great Championship player. The team is weakened by this. We lost Dom Brambani, Patch Walker, Jamie Davey, and Cain Southernwood. With the departure of each of these players, the team slide further down the league tables. Walker’s organizational skills excelled in getting the team round the pitch. Brambani, Davey, Southernwood and Scotty took good advantage of opportunities.
Now Scotty is away and he is only 27. He was reported by the media to be one of the best fullbacks in Championship. His defensive organisation of the team stopped tries going in against us. As last line of defence, he would put himself on the line, and time and again tries were stopped. His ability to catch the high ball was fantastic. Often he did this under pressure. How he manages to out jump taller players is incredible. He has an ability to pass of right hand and left hand equally well. His support play is superb. A number of his tries came from quick offloads. Others tries came from his fast pace. When he started goal kicking, many of us were astounded by his boot ability.
He won a good number of Batley awards. He has had more than a fair share of man of the match votes.
Many people have said that if he was a bit taller he would be in Super League. This just goes to show that he is a talented skillful rugby player.
He is a Scottish International player. In 2019, Scotty became Scotland’s all-time top try scorer. He knows when to takes his opportunities.
From the stats, he has played in 189 Championship matches. Also, he played 18 international games. These records shout: experience, experience, experience.
On the other hand, Hooley, who is 22, has played in 24 Championship games and a number of League 1 games. He was released from Wakefield and did not play first team rugby. He was on loan to Dewsbury, but he was not signed by Dewsbury.
Right from the start of 2020, the relatively inexperienced Hooley seemed to be Batley’s preferred fullback. This is odd, as normally players need to fight for a position, and not be given it on a plate.
Finally, I came across this internet article:
So Scotty has a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Hull in the Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science. He must be the only rugby league player with a PhD. His research concerns the conditioning and coaching of rugby league players. Wow!
Scotty has brains. Not only does Batley need brains on the pitch, Batley needs brains off the pitch. Sadly, I am certain that the Bulldogs will live to regret Doctor Scotty’s departure.