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JT returns to launch Bears’ bid
By Josh Massoud From: The Daily Telegraph November 20, 2009
JASON Taylor will take his first step back into the footballing limelight when he helps NRL hopefuls the Central Coast Bears launch their membership drive tonight.
Less than three months after being sensationally dismissed as Rabbitohs coach, Taylor will join past and present players from the region to boost the team’s bid for an NRL licence in 2013.
The former North Sydney Bears star has kept a low profile after being famously punched by prop David Fa’alogo during Souths’ Mad Monday celebrations.
The incident led to Taylor being cut from the final two years of his deal, with legal action now pending against the Redfern club.
Central Coast CEO Greg Florimo confirmed that Taylor had agreed to be part of an expected 150-strong audience for tonight’s launch, which will take place at the Bears’ brand new offices in Erina.
“Jason has a history with the Bears through his playing days at North Sydney and has agreed to lend support to our bid,” he said.
Taylor is unlikely to have any official capacity at the club with another former Bear - David Fairleigh - already announced as the team’s inaugural coach.
“We’ll obviously have a chat on the night but at this stage he’s just supporting our cause in person,” Florimo said.
Michael Buettner and Paul Stringer are other former Norths players who will be present, while invites have also been sent to > Wests Tigers duo Chris Heighington and Tim Moltzen > - both of whom are Central Coast products.
Florimo has already > nominated Heighington as a captaincy target> , but Tigers CEO > Stephen Humphreys last night said he had no issue with the pair attending. > The launch will also unveil the Bears’ new website and merchandise range.
Just Kidding….Nice of Humphreys let two of our finest help out the Central Coast…
Hey King_Sirro…Heighno captaincy material…
At this point in time there is no real indication the bears are going to playing in the NRL before 2012 - with this in mind I don’t have any issues with this.
Is this right?
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there is still four seasons to be played , if the bears do enter the NRL in 2013 good on them.
they will want the best available players and if that involves Hino & Timmy Moltzen so be it.
alot of things can happen between now and then.
The bears are a must. But they can find another 2nd rower, captain and halfback
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I’d love to see the Bears back in the comp and they are certainly going the right way about it. Good on them if they snare a couple of our boys. Tigers will need to smart with what team they want in 4 years time. Plenty of time to wrap up Heighno and Moltzen before then.
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I hope they get a team in the NRL, it means more local games for me :slight_smile:
If the bears come back i’ll eat my undies. It won’t happen.
I heard if this new Rugby League commission gets in power the competition will be called Rugby League Australia and the people incharge will be focusing more on the current 16 teams surviving instead of bringing in any more teams into the competition.