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Snubbed Broncos prop eyes NRL recall

By Laine Clark 24/06/2009 04:20:12 PM Comments (0)

Snubbed Broncos prop Dave Taylor could be forgiven for saying "up your bum" to his NRL club, according to his Queensland Cup coach.

But Central Comets mentor Wayne Barnett has applauded the young giant's attitude during a tumultuous time at the Broncos, resulting in a possible NRL recall at Parramatta on Sunday.

Once considered Brisbane's next big thing, Taylor, 20, appeared banished to Broncos feeder club the Comets following his decision to sign with South Sydney from 2010.

Taylor looked well and truly on the outer when he couldn't even make the "Baby Broncos" side minus their Origin stars which tackled Cronulla on Monday night.

Barnett said he would understand if Taylor had come back to the Queensland Cup "pissed off" - but he couldn't fault the youngster.

His perseverance appears to have been rewarded - Taylor features on an extended bench for this weekend's Eels clash.

"He is coming back with a great attitude," Barnett told AAP.

"The club (Broncos) aren't playing him. He could easily pack it in and say `up your bum'.

"But he has been doing the hard yards - he wants to play in the NRL.

"Last week he played 80 minutes for us and that's pretty unheard of for a frontrower and he has won us a couple of games.

"Great frontrowers are like hen's teeth, these days. They are hard to find."

Taylor has been eased through the tough times with the help of South Sydney forwards coach and ex-Broncos legend Gorden Tallis.

Tallis told AAP he was "caught between a rock and a hard place" and couldn't comment.

But it is believed Tallis keeps in regular phone contact with the youngster to keep him focussed.

Tallis' tips have done the trick - Taylor is on the cusp of a recall against the Eels after helping Central claim top spot on the Queensland Cup table.

Barnett clearly relishes Taylor's services - but he admitted he was surprised to see the damaging forward in the second tier competition.

"I thought this was going to be Dave Taylor's year, when he steps up and becomes a regular first grader," he said.

"He's a big kid and he's got some skills that other players don't - he's definitely an asset to a club.

"He is just not ticking the right boxes which is what is holding him out of the Broncos side.

"There's two sides of the coin - he might have the ball skills and be a talented kid but he might not be doing something they (Broncos) have been working on.

"Obviously they think he has not been up to scratch at the Broncos."

In his last Broncos game - a 48-4 thumping at Melbourne three weeks ago - Taylor missed four tackles in a 41-minute stint.

While the final make-up of the Broncos side depends on how their Origin contingent pulls up, Barnett reckons he will again be waiting anxiously for Brisbane's latest verdict on Taylor.

"I have made sure the mobile phone is nice and charged up," Barnett laughed.

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