Aitken: Representing My Heritage
St George Illawarra Dragons centre Euan Aitken is keen to honour his historical roots following his selection into the Scotland Bravehearts squad for the upcoming Four National Tournament in England later in October.
Aitken is eligible for selection on account of his grandfather, who was born in the country’s largest city Glasgow, and he is keen to line-up and fulfil a lifelong ambition representing his nation of heritage.
Scotland presently has a four-team domestic competition whilst the national team itself reached the Quarter Finals of the previous World Cup in 2013.
“I cannot wait to get over to Edinburgh and start our week in camp over there before coming up against Australia first off the following week,” said Aitken.
“My grandfather was originally from Glasgow and I had always spoken with my dad who said if I ever got the opportunity he would love me to play for Scotland.
“I’ve always said the same thing to so when the management group contacted me about the opportunity of playing for them I accepted it and cannot wait.
“It also allows me the opportunity to help grow the game globally and within the country itself which is so close to the Super League competition as well.
“It’ll be good to come up against some of my teammates as well and it will be a world-class experience so I cannot wait.
“We’ll be coming up against some of the best players in the world with the calibre of teams involved so the tempo will be a lot higher and no doubt help me grow as a player.”