HULL Kingston Rovers are the second Engage Super League club to plunder the unlikely Rugby League hotbed of Easterhouse in Glasgow with David Scott agreeing a 12-month deal with the Humberside outfit's academy.
The 17-year-old from Stirling follows in the footsteps of his former Easterhouse Panthers team-mate Chad McGlame, from Dennistoun, who joined KR's city rivals Hull FC in February.
Scott, who has represented Scotland at under-16 and under-18 levels in the past two seasons, has joined the Hull KR Academy with the opportunity to earn himself a full-time contract. The man that helped nurture his talent, Easterhouse head coach Mark Senter, is confident that he has the ability to achieve that aim.
He said: "David is a really talented player and an incredibly focused individual. I first met him when he joined our club aged 12 and, since then, he's consistently been one of our top performers. It wouldn't surprise me if he was starting in Super League in the next few years."
Senter also welcomed the inspiration this latest move would help to give to youngsters in Easterhouse and Glasgow, as well as across the Rugby League game in Scotland.
"Obviously it's great for the sport in Scotland to have these two players sign professional contracts," he added. "As a coach, it's a catch-22 situation - I'm delighted for the two guys but I said to the other players that we'll have no team left by the end of the season if we keep having guys signed up by Super League clubs.
"But it's brilliant for us as well. We've had television crews coming into the club and we've got coverage in the national press which we've never had before and it's great to see the sport getting the recognition it deserves.
"On the back of Chad signing for Hull FC and now David joining Hull KR, we've seen a massive increase in the number of people getting interested in playing the game and our participation numbers are really growing. The success of these two players shows just what can be achieved in these areas and I hope that Rugby League will continue to grow all over Scotland."