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Souths' coach can't wait for 2010 season

By Ian McCullough 31/08/2009 05:15:50 PM Comments (0)

South Sydney coach Jason Taylor can't wait to work with new signing David Taylor next season and reckons the giant prop has the potential to be an NRL superstar.

Brisbane front-rower Taylor has been in blockbusting form for the Broncos during the four-game unbeaten run that has reignited their finals charge, much to the delight of his future mentor.

"When we signed him there was a period where he was in and out of the team and not getting the opportunities and it looked like it was going to be a tough season for him," Taylor said.

"But to his credit he really pulled his way back into his side.

"Some of the footy he has played over the last few weeks has had left everybody in the game, especially Souths supporters, excited."

The 21-year-old former Australian schoolboy international rotated between centre and prop in the Broncos' recent wins over St George Illawarra Dragons and North Queensland, and coach Taylor said his ability in both attack and defence makes him a special talent.

"When he hits the ball like he does and some of the skills that he shows, he is exciting to watch and he will most definitely bring people through the gate," he said.

"I think his position isn't nailed down as far as I am concerned as he has played a few different ones.

"He definitely has a front-rower's body, but some of the skills he has shown in some of his recent games, scoring tries like a centre show just what a talent he is.

"I am very excited that he is joining us."

Taylor admitted he had learnt a lot about himself and his players this season and said Souths' recent form, which saw them beat both Manly and the Dragons, is proof they can compete with the best despite missing out on the finals yet again.

"I always look back to the periods in the season where we have put ourselves too far behind and made it hard and thought 'what if'," he said.

"But it shows we have great character in the team and are better than we were showing at some stages in the season.

"This league gets harder and harder and you are seeing teams like the Dragons, who looked unbeatable at one stage, hitting a bit of a bump and Manly and Melbourne also really battling to win games.

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