The Canberra Raiders have extended Dave Taylor’s stay in the Nations Capital inviting the ‘Coal Train’ to come back in January.
Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart threw Dave Taylor a rugby league lifeline in October, offering him a chance to train with the club and with the chance of an NRL contract to motivate him.
Steward challenge Taylor, 28, to buy into Green Machine culture if he wants to prove he deserves a second chance, which it is understood Taylor has impressed Stewart and the rest of the coaching staff.
Raiders chief executive Don Furner has stated that Dave Taylor has impressed and passed his first test and has been invited to come back in January with the chance of earning a spot for the Auckland Nines and the Pre-season trial against the Newcastle Knights at Seiffert Oval on February 18.
A fit and firing Dave Taylor would be a massive addition to the Raiders that already boast one the most feared forward packs in the NRL today.
Taylor would join a forward pack filled with the likes of Shannon Boyd, Junior Paulo, Sia Soliola and Josh Papalii, Taylor’s addition would almost likely send Shaun Fensom out the door and off to Newcastle.
Taylor has played for Australia and Queensland in State of Origin, but he has been unable to find consistency to become one of the best in the game, something Ricky Stewart hopes and continues to challenge Taylor to produce.