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Taylor becomes Roosters' kicking coach

By David Beniuk 10/12/2009 08:33:28 PM Comments (0)

Sacked South Sydney coach Jason Taylor has scored a new gig in the NRL as the Sydney Roosters' kicking coach.

Taylor, whose contract was terminated by the Rabbitohs in September after he was knocked out by second-rower David Fa'alogo at a Sydney hotel, has volunteered his services to the Roosters free of charge.

His contacts there go back to his playing days at Western Suburbs, where he first got to know current Roosters CEO Steve Noyce, and Parramatta, where he was coached by the Bondi club's new mentor, Brian Smith.

Noyce said the Roosters had no problem with the kung fu antics which had contributed to Taylor's sacking by Souths.

"I think he's been a great ambassador for rugby league and can help us in our quest for higher performance so it should be good for us," Noyce told AAP on Thursday.

Largely due to his goal-kicking, Taylor remains the third-highest point-scorer of all time in top flight Australian rugby league.

"Kicking's such an important part of our game now and we're really lucky to have someone with Jason's skills to come on board and work with our kickers," Noyce said.

" ... He's a great football person and I'm sure you remember the skills he displayed not that long ago on the field in terms of kicking.

"The benchmarks now in our sport in terms of kicking, you're looking at trying to reach that 90 per cent plus mark in goal-kicking, and 40-20s are so important and repeat sets."

Noyce did not rule out the possibility of Taylor becoming a paid assistant coach at the Roosters, but did rule it out for 2010.

"At this stage we're fortunate that he's come along to help us and we'll just see how that ends up," he said.

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