Just days after parting ways with the Toronto Wolfpack for twice breaking curfew, Dave Taylor is back in Australia and headed back to where it all began.
At 29 and his career at somewhat of a crossroads, Taylor will link up with his former schoolboy mentor in a bid to resurrect his career.
With the two-year deal all sorted – the second year of which is an apparent option in the club’s favour – Taylor’s schoolboy mentor Terry Hansen hopes that Taylor uses this contract to get his career back on track.
Originally from the Rockhampton region, the move suits Taylor as it puts him closer to family and friends.
Additionally, the man they call ‘the Coal Train’ will have the chance to work alongside schoolboy mentor Hansen once again who coached Taylor at St Brendan’s College in Yeppoon.
Hansen wants to see Taylor succeed and knows that if he is to do that, he has to believe in himself first.
“It all depends what he does with this opportunity,” Hansen said.
“He is only 29 and has another four or five years left in him if he gets fit and gets fair dinkum.
“I just want to see him do his very best and get himself another crack at an NRL contract and finish his career on the right note.”
With a chance to prove the doubters wrong, Hansen believes the influence of his family and of his mother could be the push Taylor needs to succeed once again.
“Dave has been easily led in the past and now he needs to stay out of trouble, but [living back at home] could be his way back because the one person who can have a big influence on his life is his mother,” Hansen continued.
“Obviously it’s huge for the whole region to have Dave back in town and representing the region he grew up in and the area he went to school in as well,” CQ Capras coach Kim Williams said.
“He trained with us just before Christmas in preparation for the season ahead and as things have turned out he’s ended up back here and obviously we’re welcoming him with open arms.
“It’s a massive coup for our club to have a player of his quality on board and I think with our squad we’ll see some huge benefits.”