Earlier in the week it was reported that the Raiders had allowed their 2018 option on Dave Taylor to lapse, before Raiders recruitment manager Peter Mulholland clarified the situation, saying that it was in fact still on the table, for them to “take up at any time, if we wanted to”. Now, it’s being reported that Taylor is “set to reject a one-year contract extension”, leaving the details of the Raiders’ offer a moot point.
According to nrl.com, Taylor has informed teammates of his intention to move on, after the club were unable to upgrade his $85,000 contract for next year.
It’s suggested that Taylor will take up “a more lucrative opportunity overseas”, but doesn’t specify with whom.
Given his pedigree and impressive form since returning to first grade, it’s somewhat surprising that he hasn’t been linked to any other NRL clubs, with sides like the Knights and Warriors seemingly desperate to upgrade their forward stocks.
Perhaps that’s a reflection of how he he’s perceived throughout the NRL, but regardless, his form should see him earn an upgrade somewhere, even if he has to head to England to get it.
Taylor has played 175 first grade games for the Raiders, Titans, Rabbitohs and Broncos, 8 Origins for Queensland, and 1 Test for Australia.