Former Olympian and Tumut Bull links with Gundagai Tigers

The Tumut Bulls loss will be the Gundagai Tigers gain in 2021, with speedster Vaughn Scott set to take up the challenge of playing rugby league with the Group 9 premiers. 

The 2012 Olympian, who competed in the sport of Taekwondo, joined the Tumut Bulls to much fanfare in 2018.

The talented outside back was a shining light for the club in the strong Southern Inland rugby Union (SIRU) competition, making the SIRU and Brumbies Provincial representative teams in 2019.

Unfortunately, like most things, the Covid-19 pandemic cancelled the rep programs and the Tumut-based footballer had a disrupted 2020, which saw Scott sit out most of the SIRU season, only returning for the Bulls in the lower grades. 

Now, the 31-year-old is keen to return to the paddock and is chasing an opportunity with the strong Gundagai Tigers. 

“The move to league was just a change from union. From unlimited tackles to only having six,” Scott said. 

“The big motivation is something of a challenge of thinking different on the field.”

Vaughn Scott was rewarded for an outstanding 2019 season, being picked as a starter in the Brumbies Provincial representative team.

When quizzed on why he would take up the opportunity with Gundagai, he said he had kept a close eye on the club over the years, especially as he works for the Gundagai Meat Processors (GMP). 

“Gundagai is great club (from) what I have seen over the few years since I’ve been here,” Scott said. 

“The attraction was how they play the game.”

While not formerly offered any deal by the club as yet, Scott could be a handy pick up for the Tigers, after losing the services of Mathew Lyons and Seb Cottam, while former premiership winning outside back, Noa Fotu, recently inked a deal with Wagga Kangaroos.

Scott was keeping positive, and hoped to make his home in the strong Tigers backline as they prepared to play their 100th year and search for back-to-back titles. 

“I’ll probably be playing wing for them, or full back, but I’m not sure how it will go,” Scott said. 

After a year off from playing, Scott has been working hard to get back to peak fitness.

“I’ve just been doing a lot of rehab and been doing weights and field running,” Scott said. 

Scott and the Tigers will kick off their Group 9 campaign when preseason commences on February 12.