Ashley Taylor is returning to the Newcastle Jets starting lineup.
Source: News Corp Australia 3 The Jets have recalled the 20-year-old forward, who played for the Gold Coast Titans last season, after he missed last weekend’s match against North Queensland Cowboys.
Coach Nathan Buckley said the team would give Taylor a chance to prove himself in his first game back after missing two games with a shoulder injury.
“He’ll be playing in his usual spot at fullback, he’ll be the one who makes the change,” Buckley said.
“We’ll see how he feels in the first match.
We’ll get him a chance in that position.”
Taylor has played for NSW Under-20s, Souths and the Queensland Reds this season, and he played six games for the Titans last year.
“His first game was in the Titans jersey, so he’s obviously got experience,” Buckley told the club website.
“It’s a bit of a different opportunity for him, he’s got a lot of game experience, so we’ll give him a look.”
Taylor had a busy few weeks after being released from the Titans’ training camp last month, but Buckley said he had had some “positive” things to say about the club and the country.
“I’ve got a good relationship with them and they’ve been very supportive, and that’s the first thing you want to do,” he said.
“We’ve been really good about trying to get some people in the club, and hopefully that’ll continue to be the case in the future.”
There’s been some positives from the last couple of weeks, but we need to keep working at it, and if it continues like that, hopefully the players will get a lot better as well.
“Taylor joins former Newcastle star Tom Trbojevic as the only players to be released from their contracts following the Titans exodus from the NRL.
The 28-year‑old is contracted until the end of 2021, but has been offered a new deal at the club.
Taylor is expected to be named in the squad for the first time on Saturday against the Golds.