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Broncos prop signs Souths deal: report

12/05/2009 07:51:11 PM Comments (0)

Overlooked Broncos prop Dave Taylor has reportedly signed a three-year deal with South Sydney.

Boom forward Taylor, 20, again missed out on a first grade spot when coach Ivan Henjak unveiled his side to take on the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

The Broncos had been confident Taylor's NRL omission would have no effect on contract negotiations.

However, the Nine Network reported on Tuesday night that Taylor was bound for the Rabbitohs.

It is understood that the Broncos football management and Taylor's agent had agreed to postpone negotiations until he had broken back into the first grade side.

And Broncos boss Bruno Cullen expected that to happen sooner rather than later.

"We expected him back in the first grade side, through form or injury or State of Origin or whatever the case may be," Cullen told AAP on Tuesday night.

"It (the television report) is certainly news to me. I have not heard from Dave Taylor, or his management or anyone about that.

"It would not be a good way to find out if it is in fact true."

Despite impressive form for Central Comets in the Queensland Cup, Taylor has failed to break back into the NRL team.

But Henjak said Taylor was "close" to a call-up.

"There are still a few things to work on," Henjak said of Taylor's form.

"But he is definitely working in the right direction."

Henjak said he had refused to have Taylor's contract negotiations with the Broncos influence his decisions at the selection table.

"That can't be my concern," he said.

"My role is to pick the team I think will do the job and at the moment Dave is not in it."

Meanwhile, South Sydney football manager and former premiership winning Penrith coach John Lang could not confirm the report.

"Not to my knowledge," he told AAP.

"But it is no secret that we have been chasing him."

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