Ashley’s Taylor-made for Proctor
Former Storm big gun wants half to be his new Cooper Cronk
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.