I begged for another NRL job: Taylor



  • I begged for another NRL job: Taylor
    Fri 29 Jul, 2016, 12:15pm
    Matt Encarnacion, AAP

    Jason Taylor empathises with embattled Wests Tigers star Robbie Farah, recalling how he wrote letters to coaches begging for another shot in the NRL when he was axed from first grade in his own playing days.

    With Farah expected to line up for his second reserve grade game in as many weeks on Saturday, Taylor on Friday admitted he felt for the out-of-favour hooker.

    “I was dropped to reserve grade a few times through my career and that gives you an understanding and an empathy for the players that are going through it,” said the Tigers coach.

    Taylor remembered how he was controversially dropped by Northern Eagles coach Peter Sharp late in 2000, ending what was then a record 194 consecutive games in first grade.

    It stood almost 15 years before it was broken by Gold Coast prop Luke Douglas in 2014.

    But despite the setback, Taylor, in the twilight of his career, swallowed his pride and begged for another opportunity to stay in the NRL.

    Then-Parramatta coach Brian Smith threw the point-scoring halfback a lifeline, and was rewarded with Taylor helping the club to its first grand final in 16 years.

    “My career was pretty much at an end and you might remember I actually sat down and wrote letters to some NRL coaches to try and get a start the following year,” Taylor said.

    “Brian Smith gave me an opportunity and I ended up playing in that grand final. You never know what’s around the corner and often it can be a really positive outcome.”

    Taylor praised Farah for putting in a strong performance for the club’s NSW Cup team in what was an emotional week for the 2005 premiership winner.

    “As Robbie tweeted last week, the toughest times that you go through, those are the ones that determine where you’re going to get to in life,” he said.

    “It hurts at first, but you bounce back up and you get on with it. Robbie did that really well last week and I was very impressed by that.”

    Farah, 32, has already been linked with a move out of Concord, but Taylor said he was unaware of any negotiations that would lead to the hooker’s departure.

    “Robbie’s got a contract for next year at this stage. That stuff will happen, I’d assume, but I don’t know anything about it,” he said.


  • ForumSupporter

    This well end well…



  • LOL this should be a good thread!



  • Christ almighty… Talk about poking the bear!


  • Banned

    Well atleast Taylors got experience, because my heart tells me he will be begging pretty soon for another coaching gig once we let him go.


  • Banned

    See y’all on the other side.



  • Such a heartbreaking story… tomorrow it will be how Farah not playing hurts the orphans of Penrith and how Sam Ayoub must save them at all cost with the help of Farah



  • Up until now, I thought Talyor was doing a good job of keeping this out of the media.
    I don’t think he has said too much wrong but he should just get on with the job and leave it alone.



  • Break out the Stradivarius.



  • Hope you saved those letter templates JT. You’re going to need them when you get punted at the end of the year



  • Between this and the Weidler article they both have to go now. Pay out JT and Farah I don’t care if we win the Comp this is an embarrassment.

    JT and Farah are behaving like petulant children we are better than this.



  • JT will be washing Rankin’s car sooner than later.


    Time for the NRL to dip in to this supposed war chest 😆

    Punt them both I say !



  • @TYGA:

    Between this and the Weidler article they both have to go now. Pay out JT and Farah I don’t care if we win the Comp this is an embarrassment.

    JT and Farah are behaving like petulant children we are better than this.

    What did you take out off the story that upset you?



  • @TYGA:

    JT and Farah are behaving like petulant children we are better than this.

    Sadly, we have proven time and again over recent years that as a club we are not better than this. We are the Teletubbies of the NRL when it comes to dealing with internal problems in an adult fashion. Now we just need to work out which one is Dipsy and which one is LaLa.



  • @gallagher:

    @TYGA:

    Between this and the Weidler article they both have to go now. Pay out JT and Farah I don’t care if we win the Comp this is an embarrassment.

    JT and Farah are behaving like petulant children we are better than this.

    What did you take out off the story that upset you?

    It must have been for his positive comments on Farah’s response to being dropped. Thats very petulant.


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