Posted: 18 October, 2016 by Triple M NRL

Dave Taylor Returns To NRL

Tags: Canberra Raiders, Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor Photo: Getty Images

Canberra have taken a punt on journeyman forward Dave Taylor, allowing the former Queensland representative to train with the NRL club.

Taylor will take part in the Raiders' pre-season program, with the opportunity to play in two trial games.

If all goes well, a deal for the 2017 NRL season could be on the table.

"It's up to David to show if he wants it bad enough," Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said. Read the full statement below.

But the one-Test player's bid for a return to play in Australia could face opposition from the NRL after he last month pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine.

He is due to be sentenced in November.

Taylor last played in the NRL with the Gold Coast, leaving in 2015 to play in the English Super League with Catalans Dragons. 

Raiders Official Statement

The Canberra Raiders can confirm that former Queensland Origin player David Taylor has been offered a short term agreement with the Raiders.

Dave Taylor Photo: Getty Images

The agreement will run from the beginning of the Raiders pre-season and will be reviewed at the end of December. 

If the club is satisfied with his progress he will be given the opportunity to continue his next short-term goal of continuing pre-season training and the opportunity to play two trial games.

Raiders Coach Ricky Stuart said Taylor would have to achieve these short term goals to be considered for a deal in 2017.

“If David achieves his goals and is then offered a small playing fee for 2017 he has made better choices for himself, his family and his football,” Stuart said. “It has shown he has bought in and committed to turning himself around.

“The Raiders have the resources in turning David into a regular NRL player, but it’s up to David to show if he wants it bad enough.”

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