INJURED Cowboys co-captain Matt Scott has revealed teammate Shaun Fensom sent him a text message to say sorry for letting the team down after he suffered a sickening broken leg early in Sunday's grand final loss to Melbourne.
In an incredible sign of the club's team-first culture which drove them to the decider, Fensom apologised to Scott after he was rushed to hospital just three minutes into the 34-6 loss.
The game was stopped for 10 minutes as trainers tended to a pain-stricken Fensom, a sad end to his first year in Townsville after moving from Canberra. The 29-year-old has been a crucial cog in the Cowboys line-up, especially after Scott's season ended with a knee injury in round two.
"I know all the guys are feeling for him, he texted me and apologised as soon as he went off for letting the team down, that's the sort of guy he is," Scott said.
"I told him to wake up to himself. He's been one of the most underrated players in the club, what he's done this year has been immense."
Scott made himself available to play in the preliminary final against the Roosters after making a rapid recovery from his ACL injury. But he said he was always only going to play if a teammate battling niggles was unable to take their place.
"It pushed my hand to make myself available if those guys didn't get through, but everyone got through okay and it was always going to be safer for me not to play," Scott said.
The Cowboys were shattered figures in the dressing sheds after the game, but Scott said once the dust settles they will find perspectives after the injury obstacles they've overcome.
"I think emotions are all a bit raw at the moment and I haven't been in this position before, but I can see the pain on everyone's faces," Scott said.
"The group needs to remember and recognise what a great year it's been, a huge effort under a lot of adversity and we should celebrate what we've been able to achieve."
Scott said the players who have stepped up in the absence of himself and fellow co-captain Johnathan Thurston need to be remain assertive next year.
"We've got to remember it takes a lot of hard work to get into this position," Scott said.
"Just because we have JT back and Macca (Storm recruit Jordan McLean) doesn't guarantee a spot in the finals, we have to go about our work the hard way.
"They (Melbourne) obviously had that added extra motivation from last year (losing the grand final to Cronulla), and we've spoken already about using this bad feeling in the right way and taking something positive out of it.
"Should we find ourselves in the same position next year, I'm sure we'll be using it as motivation as well."
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