Scott aiming up for one final charge
Retiring North Queensland veteran Matt Scott says the last remaining goal of his rugby league career is to play finals footy this year.
The 33-year-old prop announced earlier this month that he would retire from the NRL at season's end following a 15-year career with North Queensland.
The Cowboys have struggled so far this season and currently sit 13th on the premiership table with six weeks left of the competition.
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However, the club has found solace in the fact they sit three points outside the top eight and are still a faint chance of making the finals.
The Cowboys play the Tigers on Thursday night before next week's blockbuster Queensland derby against the Broncos at 1300 Smiles Stadium.
Mathematically speaking, the Cowboys will be able to make the top eight if they are able to go on a six-game winning streak to finish the season.
Scott was confident they had the ability to make the top eight.
"Just to make the top eight - that's the main goal and I'm doing everything I can to help the team achieve that," Scott said.
"We're in a really tough position at the moment where we really have to start winning games and winning lots of games.
"We're confident. We're confident in our ability.
"It's just presenting that ability on the field and doing it for 80 minutes.
"We know we're not far enough."
The Cowboys will be bolstered by the return of skipper Michael Morgan this week after he was forced to sit on the sideline for the past three games due to a concussion injury.
Scott said the return of Morgan would instil a lot of confidence in the side ahead of their journey to Leichhardt on Thursday.
"We get Morgo back this week and he'll add a lot of confidence to the team," he said.
"Not just with his ball playing skills but also his game management and being the captain of the club.
"He's fine. He's felt fine since he did it.
"It's probably been a bit frustrating for him to feel so healthy and not be able to play but that's just the nature of the injury and certainly not something you can rush back.
"I know that's an advantage for us but I know everyone is still confident we can make the top eight for sure."