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Although he has the most to gain from Steve Price's injury, Dennis Scott has his fingers crossed the Bulldogs captain will be fit to play in Sunday's NRL grand final.
Dennis Scott is one of the players who will come under consideration should Price fail to overcome a knee injury in time for the premiership decider.
Scott, who is bound for Melbourne next season, is happy to watch from the sidelines if it means his skipper plays against the Sydney Roosters.
"I have got my fingers crossed for him because he's the type of bloke who really deserves better than to miss out on a grand final," Scott said today.
Scott hasn't played for a month due to a foot injury sustained in the club's round 24 loss to Melbourne.
However, the 28-year-old is ready, willing and able if Price rules himself out. Back rower Jamie Feeney and New Zealand prop Hutch Maiava are also likely to come into coach's Steve Folkes's thinking.
"I don't think anybody knows Folkesy's line of thought," Scott said.
"I haven't been told and I don't expect to be told until later in the week.
"If they do go with me that would be sensational. I guess that's a decision for the coach."
Price is receiving ongoing treatment and the club today announced it would leave its inspirational skipper to decide whether or not he plays.
The 30-year-old remains optimistic he will take his place.
"I'm really positive about it," Price said.
"Obviously I'm preparing to play. I think the coach has basically said it's up to me."
Five-eighth Braith Anasta, who went through a similar situation last week as he struggled to overcome a sternum injury, gave an insight into what Price will go through this week.
"It's tough because you don't know what's going to happen and you don't know until the last minute," Anasta said.
"You try to stay confident to give yourself the best chance but at the end of the day you can do all this treatment and stuff to help it but that final physical session before you play, you just don't know how it's going to feel and which way it's going to go.
"I think if he can get out there and give us a good 20 minutes or so...that's all he needs.
"We know how effective he can be, so if he can get out there and go hard for 20 that will do the job."