Scotty's a true prince among men

DEDICATED: Scott Prince made his mark on rugby league with his hard work as a halfback.
DEDICATED: Scott Prince made his mark on rugby league with his hard work as a halfback. Colin Whelan

IT WAS great to see Scott Prince go out a winner on Thursday night, even if it was the swansong to a season that the Broncos as a whole might rather put behind them.

His first broken leg remains in my mind as one of the most horrific things I have ever witnessed during a sporting contest - not just for the ugliness of the injury itself, but for the fact that it chopped a great player down during his true prime.

For Prince to come back from that injury and then do the same thing again a short time later - and then be let go by the Broncos - it must have been extremely hard to come back yet again.

Come back he did, this time for the Wests Tigers, whom he guided to grand final glory in 2005, while winning the Clive Churchill Medal in the process.

Those years also included selection in the Queensland and Australian representative teams - an amazing feat for a man who has recovered from having a leg snapped in half twice.

Prince's injury woes continued during his time at the Gold Coast, but, as the saying goes, you can't hold a good man down.

He might not be bronze statue material, but Princey should go down in history as one of the guys who did a service to the game by being a good, old-fashioned, hard-working half-back.

Today's football stars should be more like him.

I can't remember Prince ever getting into strife for setting a dwarf on fire, beating a woman or trying to go to the toilet in a casino pot plant.

Seriously though, he deserved to enjoy his last game as a winner.

The Broncos and the NRL will miss the likes of him.



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