Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook said it was fantastic to see so many people turn up to celebrate his testimonial game against the club where his professional rugby league career started, London Broncos.
Now a hugely popular figure in rugby league circles in the North-West of England, over 4,000 turned up to see LMS and his Saints side last Sunday as the champions warmed up for Super League in style with a 36-6 win.
Speaking after the game, the ten year veteran was delighted with the occasion and was reflective of what he has achieved after graduating to the top of the sport from the capital.
“It was fantastic. A load of friends and family came up from London, I think I had 100 odd in the stands and it was amazing to see so many people come out,” he said.
“I look back now and think that if I hadn’t chosen the right path back then I could have ended up somewhere completely different.
“Every now and then I reflect on it. I think it was just fate really that I ended up here but I’ve put in the hard work and I’ve stayed around like a bad smell and I’ve loved every minute of it.”
Speaking on the game itself, the energetic forward was pleased with his side’s first hit out of 2020 and is confident the side is well prepared for the start of the new season in two weeks’ time.
“I think we’ve had a good tough pre-season and we are all just ready to get out there and do what we’re paid to do and play rugby league,” he explained.
“It was a nice little hit out and it’s definitely got us in the right frame of mind heading into round one. We’ve got a couple of weeks now to fine tune a couple of things and I think we will.
“Obviously every team wants to win silverware, but I think we’ve got a good opportunity to go one step further in the cup competition and then we’ve got the World Club Challenge as well, but for now our focus is on round one to make sure we get off to a good start in the league.”
McCarthy-Scarsbrook is a real success story and reflection of the talent the game can unearth outside the heartland of the sport, and he had nothing but praise for the strides his former club are making in the capital in helping bring young stars through.
“It’s nice to see a few Londoners in the Super League, there’s a few dotted about here and there. It would be nice to have some more so I could understand them all,” he said.
“In London you’ve obviously got rugby union which is massive, so when you’re competing against that it’s hard.
“I think that London are doing at the moment is fantastic and what breeds success is winning. If they get a good run in the Championship this year, people get bitten by the bug like I did and hopefully they’ll get more people through the gates there.
“Hopefully they’ll be back in the Super League soon.”