Ash­ley’s Tay­lor-made for Proc­tor

Former Storm big gun wants half to be his new Cooper Cronk

Rugby League Week - - News - BY JOEL GOULD

KEVIN PROC­TOR IS GO­ING TO miss his long-time foil Cooper Cronk, but the Ti­tans re­cruit is con­fi­dent his new com­bi­na­tion with Ash­ley Tay­lor can wreak havoc on de­fen­sive lines.

The Golden Boot winner and Proc­tor were deadly in at­tack, with the pair forg­ing an in­nate understanding.

Now, with Kane El­gey likely to play on the left side in the halves, a po­ten­tially lethal right-side com­bi­na­tion of Tay­lor and Proc­tor looms large.

“I’ll miss ‘Coops’ be­cause he was great to play out­side of in at­tack and we had such a good com­bi­na­tion,” Proc­tor says.

“He was also a great talker in de­fence and ripped into it.

“I haven’t had much time train­ing out­side Ash but I’ll def­i­nitely be try­ing to get him to do all the stuff that Coops used to do for me.

“I’ll be push­ing that and try to form that same com­bi­na­tion I had with Coops in Mel­bourne.

“Ash is a very skil­ful young fella. He hasn’t had a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and we’re yet to play to­gether so it’ll be im­por­tant that we work on our com­bi­na­tion on the train­ing pad­dock.”

Proc­tor has had lim­ited time on the train­ing field af­ter in­jur­ing his knee at train­ing, but he hopes to be back for the trial against the War­riors.

The 28-year-old Kiwi in­ter­na­tional says his new club can chal­lenge for the pre­mier­ship.

“It’s a young team with a heap of po­ten­tial and the club is go­ing in the right di­rec­tion af­ter re­cruit­ing well,” he says.

“Hope­fully Jar­ryd Hayne can get back to his best form. Kon­rad Hur­rell has been killing it at train­ing and we’ve got Kane El­gey back.

“We’ve re­cruited Jar­rod Wal­lace in the pack and there are young boys fight­ing for their po­si­tions in the for­wards, so there’s plenty of healthy com­pe­ti­tion.”

Proc­tor wouldn’t have left Mel­bourne had it not been for the fact that the ma­jor­ity of his and his part­ner’s fam­ily live on the Gold Coast.

Proc­tor and his part­ner Leesa have two young daugh­ters, Myra and Zara, and the lu­cra­tive four-year deal was just too good to refuse.

“That was one of the main rea­sons I left Mel­bourne,” he says.

“It was just too good a deal to come back to the Gold Coast and have the fam­ily support, which we didn’t have in Mel­bourne.”

PROC­TOR’S OR­DERS The Test star hopes Ash Tay­lor [in­set] gives him the sort of ball he grew used to in Mel­bourne.

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