From Fox Sports
Yet another one of the NRL’s stars is considering a shock code switch.
Wests Tigers lock Elijah Taylor is considering a move to rugby next season as salary cap pressure at the Tigers threatens to take away one of their best performers.
Market Watch can reveal the 26-year-old has attracted interest from several Super Rugby franchises across Australia and New Zealand along with receiving an approach from Europe.
After being granted a release from his deal with Penrith, Taylor has played 11 games for the Tigers, playing lock and hooker.
The Tigers are eager to extend Taylor’s contract but are heavily constrained by their salary cap hangover.
The Panthers are still paying a large chunk of his wage this season after Anthony Griffin released him after deciding Taylor was not part of his plans for the club.
It’s understood the Tigers have not given up hope of keeping the international, who has played 10 Test matches for New Zealand, but with Robbie Farah earning $900,000 next year and young halves Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses agreeing to rich one-year-deals worth around $600,000 each, the joint venture can’t meet Taylor’s asking price.
It’s also understood Taylor is looking for stability for his career and family which means securing a longer term contract.
Taylor has a history with rugby having played the game at rep level until the age of 16 when he entered the Warriors’ system.
Averaging 63 minutes a game, Taylor has been a shining light for the Tigers, averaging 35.1 tackles per game and only making six errors all season.
Hopefully we work something out to keep him.