Rugby league nice Cooper Cronk has warned Canberra to not rush into signing maligned playmaker Ash Taylor, saying he’s not “ match” within the capital metropolis.
Taylor, 26, is searching for a brand new rugby league house as his time at Gold Coast involves an finish.
The Titans are virtually sure to not re-sign him, given the membership has invested in Jamal Fogarty, Toby Sexton, and Tanah Boyd for the long run.
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Taylor is raking in near enough to $1 million a year from the Titans but his manager has reportedly put him in the NRL marketplace for less than a third of that, and is willing to accept as low as $250,000.
On Wednesday, Canberra coach Ricky Stuart confirmed the Raiders had been contacted about Taylor’s services. And they’re not the only ones.
“Ash has spoken about to a number of clubs and we were one club his management did speak to,” Stuart said.
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“We’re considering a number of options in regards to seven. We’re not sitting on our hands but it’s a big decision for the club with which way we move next. It’s something we discuss daily.”
Playmaking champion Cronk, though, believes Taylor wouldn’t help the Raiders improve.
“I don’t think Ricky goes down that path,” Cronk told NRL 360.
“I don’t think (Taylor) is the halfback that Ricky or the Raiders need. If you think of him and Jack Wighton, how’s that going to work? There’s not really a dominant edge there.
“Ash Taylor needs to play six with a dominant half. Let him play his natural game without over-thinking it.
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“However Jack Wighton is identical, he wants a dominant half to let him open up that facet of the sphere. Ricky rides his halfbacks, I simply don’t know if he’s match.”
NRL 360 visitor Brent Learn defined the Raiders are searching for a brief halfback to play the position whereas the membership brings by younger expertise Brad Schneider.
Schneider, 20, is seemingly seen as a long-term halfback for the Raiders, however he’s but to make his NRL debut.
Paul Kent says a $250,000-a-year Taylor may very well be the proper answer to filling the short-term gap, however he says the Raiders gained’t need to be forking out any greater than that.
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“That’s what they’re making an attempt to do, looking for a stop-gap, so worth sensible that’s the place Ash Taylor places himself within the image,” Kent mentioned.
“We spoke about million-dollar gamers, they will turn into a burden for you. He has turn into a burden for the Titans, as a result of he’s taken up a lot wage cap and never performing wherever close to what a million-dollar participant needs.
“It’s now about worth for cash, and Canberra don’t need to be burdened. Ash Taylor on the proper cash, you’re taking a punt. But when he needs something close to what he’s on now, you don’t go close to him.”