Titans’ Tay­lor re­veals his pain as he presses the re­set but­ton

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL -

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.”

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