EUAN Aitken says his Four Nations tournament experience with Scotland, during which he had a fairytale moment against New Zealand, had given him a “massive boost” going into next season.
The St George Illawarra centre did some travelling after the Bravehearts’ commitments ended and recently returned to Australia. He’ll join in on pre-season training with the Dragons from December 12.
The 21-year-old scored the last-minute try for the Scots against the Kiwis in the final week of the round-robin section, which was converted by Danny Brough for an 18-18 draw. It was the first time the lowest-ranked team in a Four Nations series had secured a competition point.
“It was definitely a special moment in my career to score that final try to give us the chance to level up,” Aitken tells RLW. “It felt like we probably deserved a win. We turned up with a really good attitude and played a really good game, so to get the draw was at least something.
“To honour my late grandfather’s memory by representing Scotland was really special for me as well.”
Aitken has already had two seasons in the NRL and is regarded as a potential major representative player here in the future. He says he could feel himself getting better with each game against Australia, England and New Zealand at the tournament.
“It was a great experience,” he says. “It gives me a lot of confidence and motivation. Playing against the best teams in the world, if you can handle that and play some decent football it definitely gives you a massive boost going into next year. I thought I played some pretty good footy over there.
“I definitely want to shoot for some higher goals in the next couple of years and keep taking my football forward and doing the best I can.”