The Wildcats have today secured the signing of prop Nick Scruton from Bradford Bulls on a one-year deal.
The powerhouse England international signs for a nominal fee and is in line to make his debut in next week’s home clash with Catalans Dragons.
Scruton spent just over five years at the Provident Stadium in which he was an integral part of the Bulls pack and becomes the second player in just over two weeks to make the move across West Yorkshire following in the footsteps of Jarrod Sammut.
A Grand Final and World Club Challenge winner with Leeds Rhinos having come through their Academy, the 29-year old signed for the Bulls in 2009 and went on to make over 100 appearances despite having two injury disrupted seasons.
He was back to full fitness and top form in 2013, sweeping the boards at the Bulls end of year awards, winning the vote of head coach Francis Cummins, the players and supporters as the clubs top performer in Super League XVIII.
Tipping the scales at 16 stone, Scruton will add his imposing presence to the Wildcats pack and is prepared for the challenge ahead.
“It’s sunk in a bit more today now I’ve been down to the ground and seen the boys train,” said Scruton, who finalised the deal on Saturday lunchtime.
“I’m just looking forward to getting out there and training myself now and get on with the next chapter of my career.
“A lot of the (Bradford) fans won’t believe it but yesterday was one of the worst days of my life, it genuinely was. I’ve had six years and they’ve not all been good years, we’ve had ups and downs but I have loved every minute of my time at Bradford Bulls and it was a sad day yesterday for me to decide that the best decision for me and my family was to leave and come to Wakefield. That’s the decision I’ve made and now I’m just looking forward to getting on with it.
“It’s pretty easy being a rugby player, we just get out there and do our job. We can’t control many things apart from the rugby side so that’s what I want to do now and get out there and play well for Wakefield Wildcats.”
Scruton was part of the Bradford team that came away with two points from the Rapid Solicitors Stadium just over a week ago and despite a largely forgettable performance from the Wildcats, he is confident the squad he is joining has more than enough quality to steer clear of relegation.
“I don’t think it was a cracking game for anybody that day and I don’t think it did Wakefield justice. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in with the lads and there is a lot of quality here. Once we hit our straps we can drag ourselves away from the relegation scrap and claw our way up the table.
“Last pre-season was one of the first pre-seasons I’ve had in about four years with injuries and niggles. I’ve had another pre-season this year so I’m looking to go one better. Last year was a good year but I know I can play better and I’m glad that’s Wakefield so I’m hoping they’ll see my best year yet.”
You can listen to the first interview with Scruton in full on the Wildcats Audioboo channel HERE.