Off-contract Salford captain Elijah Taylor discusses future

Elijah Taylor

Off-contract Salford captain Elijah Taylor says he would love to remain with the club for the 2023 Super League season. 

The forward made the move to England from the NRL with Salford ahead of the 2021 campaign on a two-year deal.

A former New Zealand international, Taylor made his debut with the New Zealand Warriors in 2011 against the Cronulla Sharks. He enjoyed three seasons before making the move to Penrith Panthers. The utility forward also represented Wests Tigers before making the switch to Super League.

Taylor would turn 33 ahead of the 2023 campaign, but says he would love to re-sign with Salford for next season.

Elijah Taylor on future

“I hope so; that’s in my manager’s hands but I’d love to stay,” Taylor told Love Rugby League.

“There’s freedom in this game over here. In the NRL, it’s not a free game. You’re stuck at points and you’re stuck at positions, you can’t roam around the field.

“Over here, you can offload, run across the field, run sideways and try and create something on the short side. You aren’t allowed to do that in the NRL otherwise you’d get dropped.

“It’s a totally different game. There’s a lot of freedom. I’m really enjoying playing with the players I’m playing with at Salford. It’s been awesome.”

Tackle the Tough Stuff

The Salford skipper was a part of Super League’s Tackle the Tough Stuff launch in Warrington earlier this week.

The outstanding support given to the sport’s communities by Rugby League Cares and the Rugby League Benevolent Fund will be celebrated across dedicated rounds of Super League, Championship and League 1 fixtures this weekend.

Round 13 will see return of the Tackle the Tough Stuff campaign and a focus on mental and physical wellbeing. Super League in partnership with Rugby League Cares will highlight some of the most pressing issues surrounding physical and mental health.

The Love Rugby League podcast will feature Taylor, Paul Wood and Peter Mata’utia from the launch day. The podcast drops tomorrow on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Audioboom.

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About Josh McAllister 1520 Articles
Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

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