Searching for a new home after his release by the Gold Coast Titans, Ash Taylor has one, signing with the New Zealand Warriors.
Having initially signed a train-and-trial deal with the Warriors, Taylor has officially been handed a one-year contract by the club.
At 26, Taylor has shown glimpses of how good he can be but the road to the present day has not been easy.
Bursting onto the scene, Taylor had all the tools to succeed but the pressures of signing a $1m contract proved too much of a burden.
After 114 NRL games with the Titans and the Brisbane Broncos, Taylor has a chance to start afresh at the Warriors.
The club backs him to succeed and looks forward to having him in their ranks.
“Ash has backed himself to recapture his best form with the chance of a one-year contract with us,” Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan said.
“He has some very achievable targets set for him and is looking forward to joining the squad next month.”
Despite his challenges in his career, Warriors coach Nathan Brown has backed Taylor to perform and succeed at the club.
“Ash has had some challenges during his career but we all know what he’s capable of and he also brings plenty of experience,” he said.
“It’s exciting having him on board and looking to prove himself during the preseason.
“He’ll provide a different dynamic and we think the change of club could be just what he needs.”