Former Hull rugby league star Nick Scruton’s new career as a police officer

A rugby league star from Hull now works as a policeman in some of the region’s most dangerous areas.

Hull KR Grand Final winner Nick Scruton, 37, was forced into early retirement following a soldier’s injury in 2019. But he’s not ready to take it just yet and has a new career as a police officer to look forward to. West Yorkshire Police.

He admits that taking on criminals helps him get over the adrenaline rush of taking on the Super League’s toughest opponents, The Mirror reports. Nick told The Mirror: “I have to play to my strengths, so if someone big and nasty needs to lock down, they send me. And I like that.”

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“I still have an adrenaline rush, which is one of the reasons I wanted to join the police. I’ll never be able to replace that feeling of charging from kick-off and knowing you’re going to get hit.”

“But when you’re about to break down a door and you don’t know what’s on the other side, that gives you an adrenaline rush. Or a job shows up, there’s a guy with a knife, and there’s no one else to go, so you’re in. I am a PC response officer in Bradford West and we have one of the highest crime rates in West Yorkshire so busy. But I love it. I have embraced the carnage.”

Former Hull KR player Nick Scruton at his 'swearing-in' ceremony after joining the West Yorkshire Police force.
Former Hull KR player Nick Scruton at his ‘swearing-in’ ceremony after joining the West Yorkshire Police force.

It’s a far cry from Nick’s planned post-rugby career: beekeeping thanks to his wife’s uncle, who was a commercial beekeeper. Nick said: “I really enjoyed it and I could see myself falling into it. I had a five-year plan where I would have a decent business to rely on when I retired from rugby.”

“But the rug was pulled out from under me when I had to retire just two years later. He just wasn’t in a position to trust beekeeping. Besides, I was terrible at it anyway!”

Nick now urges current players to start thinking about life after rugby. He said: “I had a good career and made decent money at times. But there was a point where the police thing might not have happened. I was thinking ‘What am I going to do?’ We had tears and sleepless nights.

“But nowadays there’s a lot more advice out there and Rugby League Cares does a great job. They were there for me. It’s definitely advice for any young aspiring player – rugby league doesn’t last forever unfortunately. Although they do wrap you in your rugby league bubble, that bubble can burst at any time.”

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