Scarborough’s ailing season received a shot in the arm this week with the news that their South African prop Nino Cutino has signed a one-year extension to his contract at Silver Royd.
Following discussions with the club’s hierarchy, Cutino will stay for a fourth year with the Yorkshire One club, and he can’t wait to get stuck into the new season.
Cutino said: “I’m very happy and settled in Scarborough, so I’m pleased to be staying for another year.
“I love the club, and we’ve got good ambitions for next season.
“Speaking to Graeme Young and Nick Ingham about our plans for next year, it’s exciting and I was quick to sign up for another year.
Coach Lee Douglas is planning big changes to his playing squad over the summer, and Cutino is excited to be a part of those plans going into a new season.
The South African man-mountain admits the seasons are a lot longer over here and it took some adjusting to, as well as the conditions too.
“I’ve adjusted to the rugby over here now and I’m getting used to playing against all the teams in our league, so hopefully next year I’ll be able to improve again.
“The seasons are a lot longer here than they are in South Africa.
“You play about 35-plus games over here including warm-up games. Over in South Africa you play about 18 games, so it took some getting used to.
“I’m not quite used to the cold yet though.”
The club’s assistant director of rugby, Nick Ingham, is delighted that Cutino has agreed to stay.
He said: “It’s fantastic news for the club that Nino has agreed to stay.
“He obviously had ambitions to play at a higher level, but myself and Graeme (Young) sat down with him and he’s bought into our ambitions and philosophy.
“Nino is well respected at the club and we’re delighted that he’s staying at the club.”