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Warriors consider throwing Ash Taylor a lifeline

17 Sep 21, 11:32AM 0 Comments

Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk

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Ashley Taylor has certainly had a rollercoaster career in the NRL thus far and is about to experience his biggest change yet.

From winning the 2016 Dally M Rookie of the Year to being re-signed by the Gold Coast Titans on a multi-million dollar deal to unfortunately not living up to his potential consistently.

The Titans recently confirmed the departure of Taylor, with the club opting to not extend his current deal which will officially end on November 1st 2021.

Many people believe Taylor’s time in the NRL is up for now and that he will have to look overseas for a spot in first grade next season.

However, the Courier Mail is reporting that the New Zealand Warriors are considering making a move for the 26-year-old and throwing him a lifeline for 2022.

At the moment, the Warriors are well stocked for halves, with Shaun Johnson returning to the club next year and Shaun O’Sullivan, Chanel Harris-Tevita and Kodi Nikorima already at the club.

If the Warriors do sign Taylor then he would more than likely start the season playing for the Redcliffe Dolphins in the Intrust Super Cup, as O’Sullivan displayed some great form towards last season, Harris-Tevita has been consistently good for the club in the halves and Nikorima has seemingly locked down the bench utility role.

Although, recent reports that Harris-Tevita will be exploring his options on the open market may open the door for Taylor to come into the Warriors side, with the club possibly looking to move their current half on before his deal is up at the end of the season or they may simply just not select him until his deal is up.

In 2021, Taylor scored two tries, assisted nine, got ten line-break assists, averaged 54 running metres per game and made 258 tackles for an efficiency rate of 83.8%.

Taylor’s exit will not leave the Titans shorthanded, as they still have captain Jamal Fogarty, Toby Sexton, have just signed promising talent Shallin Fuller to a first-grade contract, and may opt to move AJ Brimson back into the halves after the emergence of Jayden Campbell.

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