Taylor to receive lifeline in Australia

Drew Darbyshire

Ipswich Jets are set to offer Dave Taylor a lifeline to get his career back on track in the New South Wales Cup.

Along with Fuifui Moimoi and Ryan Bailey, Taylor was sacked by Toronto Wolfpack last week and he has now arrived back in Australia.

He is currently staying with his parents after leaving Canada just a couple of weeks after signing a three-year deal with the Championship club believed to be worth $1million.

Gaining an NRL contract doesn’t look likely for Taylor, but Ipswich co-coach Shane Walker has said that the club could make an offer to the forward.

Taylor would need to work alongside a playing deal to meet his financial commitments and Walker runs a recruitment company which helps find players work.

Walker told NRL.com: “I think Dave probably needs to start thinking about the next 50-odd years of his life and Rugby League can help him do that, although it may not be at his desired level.

“We are proud of the fact that we do a great job for our young fellas off the field. I’ve got First Grade Recruitment and Ben (Walker) has got a real estate business and we do projects that help players get work and affordable housing.

“We have had nearly 20 guys at our club buy their first homes and every single one has a job, and if they don’t they can’t play.

“You can be at an NRL club on a minimum wage, or play at the Jets and have a job and earn equally as much without the demands.

“Some of those sort of things we could help provide for Dave if that’s what he wants. We’d certainly be prepared to have a yarn to him.”