Salford boss Paul Rowley addresses Elijah Taylor’s future

Elijah Taylor Salford Red Devils
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Salford Red Devils head coach Paul Rowley has addressed the future of his captain in Elijah Taylor.

Taylor, 32, remains without a contract beyond the current season.

The forward made the move to England from the NRL with Salford ahead of the 2021 campaign on a two-year deal. He has made 26 appearances in Super League since his move, scoring once. 

With the transfer market open in the sport allowing players to talk to rival clubs, Rowley has addressed the future of his captain.

“It’s undecided,” Rowley told Love Rugby League.

“We’re communicating well with Elijah throughout at this point, but we’ve not made any decisions nor has he as well.

“We take his thoughts on that and what he wants. We’ll have those discussions in-house, but I’m not going to jump on publicly on any of that information.

“What I’ll say is he’s my captain, so I respect him immensely. That answers everything you know.

“I don’t envisage needing to change him from being captain. He leads from the front, he’s a good person to have around and he provides quality.

“It’s a contract, it’s a salary cap but more importantly, it would be nice to even worry about salary cap, but it’s a budget. There’s a lot of things that go on.”

Elijah Taylor keen to stay

The former New Zealand representative has previously discussed his desire to remain at the AJ Bell Stadium.

When asked if he’d like to stay with the club, he told Love Rugby League: “I hope so; that’s in my manager’s hands but I’d love to stay.”

The club have already re-signed a handful of players including Alex Gerrard, Kallum Watkins, Andy Ackers and Deon Cross.

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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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