Curtis Scott speaks his mind in what could be a statement season

“It’s the first cut a centre has ever got in a game,” Scott said jokingly.

“I got a couple of stitches above the eye. It might look like I’ve got an eyebrow slit or something.”

While Scott can easily have a laugh, he also sees big opportunities ahead this season at both Storm and representative level.

“Each year I’ve been trying to build and I want to take it to the next level now, make an impact for the side and mark my name in the NRL,” Scott said.

Scott has again set his sights on a State of Origin berth with New South Wales, even though current centres Latrell Mitchell and James Roberts still rank among the best in the NRL.

“I will be doing everything I can to hopefully get a jersey,” Scott said.

“I will be putting my hand up. Let’s put it that way.

“But it’s only round one, so I have got to put my head down and work really hard for that.”

What has Scott excited about this season is his move to the right centre role after spending his early years on the left opposite Will Chambers, Storm coach Craig Bellamy switched them over during the pre-season.

They may still switch back at times, so Scott wants to make the most of every moment on the right.

“I had to bide my time a little bit on the left and enjoyed playing over there, but I’m happy on the right,” Scott said.

“I hold the ball with my right and fend with left and that’s probably my biggest weapon, on the left side I had to change over, it was kind of like writing with my left hand.”

Scott scored a try from 55 metres out after Suliasi Vunivalu put in a body-shaking tackle on Jack Bird that knocked free the ball and allowed Scott free passage to the line.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever been in a little space in the NRL, I was looking around thinking someone would chase me down,” Scott said.

“Then I pinned my ears back and got to the line.”

Being on the right not only puts Scott alongside Vunivalu, one of the league’s most productive try scorers, but also with Croft who is also coming into his own as Storm’s half-back.

Scott has already made it clear the high-flying Fijian will have first run at high balls although he will be ready to fly as well.

“I’ll give Suli the right of way for that,” Scott said.

“I’ll probably just take a step back and hopefully pick up some little scraps sometimes.”

The Storm face another tough test on Friday night when the face the Canberra Raiders in Canberra.

“They kept the Gold Coast Titans to nil and they have a lot of strike power in their outside backs,” Scott said.

“We will have to stick to our game plan and our structures and we are confident if we hang onto the footy and complete sets that it will go a long way to winning the game.”

The Storm take on Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium on Friday at 6pm.

Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.

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