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Vodafone Warriors sign Titans playmaker Taylor

Experienced Gold Coast playmaker Ash Taylor has been handed the chance of a one-year contract with the Vodafone Warriors after signing a train and trial deal with a club top 30 option for 2022.

The 26-year-old Queenslander will join the Vodafone Warriors when they start their 2022 NRL preseason campaign at their new home base in Redcliffe next month.

Taylor had been without a club after being released by the Titans following 114 appearances for them since 2016.

“Ash has backed himself to recapture his best form with the chance of a one-year contract with us,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.

“He has some very achievable targets set for him and is looking forward to joining the squad next month.”

Vodafone Warriors head coach Nathan Brown is confident Taylor will make the most of his opportunity.

“Ash has had some challenges during his career but we all know what he’s capable of and he also brings plenty of experience,” he said.

“It’s exciting having him onboard and looking to prove himself during the preseason. He’ll provide a different dynamic and we think the change of club could be just what he needs.”

Taylor ended his Gold Coast career with 16 appearances this season as the club made the finals for just the fourth time and the first since 2016.

Taylor made his NRL debut with Brisbane in 2015 before joining the Titans in 2016, a season which saw him named Dally M rookie of the year.

ASH TAYLOR

Born: March 17, 1995

Birthplace: Toowoomba, Qld

Junior Club: Toowoomba Brothers.

Position: Standoff/halfback

Height: 181cm

Weight: 94kg

Previous Clubs: Brisbane Broncos (2015), Gold Coast Titans (2016-2021)

NRL Debut: Brisbane Broncos v Newcastle Knights, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, September 3, 2015 (Rd 26)

NRL Games: 115 (2015-2021)

   Brisbane Broncos: 1 (2015)

   Gold Coast Titans: 114 (2016-2021)

NRL Points: 335 (18 tries, 130 goals, 3 field goals)

Representative: Junior Kangaroos (2015), Indigenous All-Stars (2017)