New recruit Taylor-made for Broncos

By AARON KELLY

BLACKWATER'S Dave Taylor has taken his first steps towards following in the footsteps of his idol Shane Webcke after signing with the Brisbane Broncos.

Taylor, 17, capped off his Australian Schoolboys selection in Wagga Wagga last week by joining the NRL leaders.

The big Queensland forward, who was on a scholarship with the North Queensland Cowboys, said it was the toughest decision of his promising career.

"It came down to the living style in Brisbane,'' said Taylor, who is looking forward to learning from Webcke, one of the best props in the business.

The giant St Brendan's College year 11 student, who will link with the Broncos at the start of the 2007 season, is preparing for the start of next week's international series against the Junior Kiwis.

Taylor, named player of the carnival at the national championships, was one of four Queenslanders selected.

"It was a big surprise, I didn't think I would make the team, but the selectors thought different,'' Taylor said.

Taylor will enter camp with the Kangaroos in Canberra on Monday in the lead-up to the first Test at Olympic Park in Melbourne on Sunday, July 24.

The return match will be at Kougari Oval in Wynnum on July 30, and his proud parents, Logan and Sharon, will see their son don the Australian jersey.



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