Toronto Wolfpack continues to add to their impressive playing roster through the signing of former Queensland and Australian Kangaroos forward Dave Taylor. Known by many in the sporting circles as the ‘Coal Train’ Taylor has agreed to terms with the Wolfpack for the 2018 season, and will add a wealth of experience and physicality, due to his imposing size and weight, to the clubs already dominant forward pack.
The hulking 131kg monster is one of the biggest in the game and adept at playing in both the front row and second row. He also possesses a range of passing and offloading skills as well as a deceptive turn of pace and agility rarely seen by a player his size. Taylor has been widely regarded as one of the most exciting talents around over the last decade.
Currently plying his trade in Australia’s capital with the Canberra Raiders, Taylor has played over 150 NRL games, making his debut in 2006 with Brisbane Broncos before enjoying successful spells at South Sydney Rabbitohs and Gold Coast Titans.
Taylor spent the 2016 season in the South of France in the Betfred Super League with the Catalans Dragons, and soon became a crowd favourite with his physically dominant and eye catching displays that fans had become so accustomed to seeing in the NRL. There is no doubt that Wolfpack fans can look forward to seeing similar feats next year.
He is a player that can make things happen out of nothing and Taylor boasts a varied representative career; having played eight times for Queensland in the State of Origin, his country once in 2012, and has also run out for the NRL All-Stars back home. His experience and at times freakish ability will no doubt be a welcome addition to the Toronto team in their bid to reach the pinnacle competition of the RFL.
Arguably the highest calibre player the Wolfpack have signed to date, the club is confident that a player of Taylor’s stature will be an instant hit with the fans at Lamport Stadium as his presence on the field breeds pure excitement and the 28-year-old will undoubtedly be turning some heads running around in Wolfpack colours next season.
Taylor added, “I’m excited about the challenge of joining the Wolfpack. There’s clearly some crazy good things happening with rugby league in Toronto & I can’t wait to get there. I’m pretty sure they’ll like my style of play & hopefully it will excite Canada!”
Director of Rugby Brian Noble said, “As soon as I was made aware that Dave Taylor was interested in the challenge of representing the Wolfpack, I jumped at the chance to make this happen.The Canadian fans will just love the ‘Coal Train’, his explosive style, his power, speed and tremendous range of skills will give our group a new dimension moving forward and I genuinely can’t wait for him to hit the straps at Lamport Stadium next year. I am relishing the prospect of Dave lining up alongside Ashton Sims and our existing big pack of forwards next year, the strength of the wolf will certainly be the pack in 2018 and the new season just can’t come around quick enough for me!”
The Wolfpack looks forward to welcoming Taylor subject to visa clearance into the UK.