Titans’ Taylor reveals his pain as he presses the reset button
ASH Taylor has opened up about the despair of losing his love for rugby league as the star Titans halfback takes the first steps to rebuilding his NRL career.
Taylor today breaks his silence on his temporary break from the NRL, admitting he needed to clear his head following a series of football and personal issues that prompted him to seek time out from the Titans.
There were fears Taylor could quit the NRL for good but the Titans’ $1 million man will report for Gold Coast training today determined to recapture the form that made him the NRL’s rookie of the year in 2016.
Taylor’s 11-day sabbatical was shorter than anticipated and the 24-year-old spoke of his struggles, which included savage social-media attacks on his form for the Titans.
“This has been a difficult season for me, with injuries, a lack of results as a team and performances as an individual that are not up to the standards that I expect from myself,” he said. “It got to the point where I stopped enjoying the thing I love the most —playing rugby league with my teammates at the Gold Coast Titans.
“I needed to take some time away from everything to act as a circuit-breaker, to clear my head and reset myself so I could start again.
“I would like to thank everyone for their support and concern for my wellbeing, especially the last week or so when I have taken some timeaway from the game. I am grateful to Garth (Brennan, coach) and the club for offering me the opportunity to do that.”