Big Dave backs new 'Coal Train'
THE first thing you notice about Dave "Coal Train" Taylor is the size of the man.
You instantly imagine facing him on the footy field - coming at you with the force of a coal train, as his nickname suggests.
New Yeppoon business with the same name, Coal Train, appropriately snapped up the former St Brendan's Collage and now South Sydney Rabbitohs star, to be the face of the company.
Taylor, 24, was in Yeppoon this week to film a TV advertisement for Coal Train and also spent some time signing jerseys, meeting staff and St Brendan's College students, and seeing how Yeppoon had grown since his teenage years.
He said he had been called Coal Train since playing under-7s rugby league, as his Dad was a coal train driver in Blackwater.
"I was a big fella when I was little," he laughed.
"It's very exciting to go from being brought up and called Coal Train by family members and friends to finding out there is an establishment called Coal Train.
"Since I've grown up in a mining area in Blackwater, I've been very close to the mining industry.
"So it's a great combination putting two and two together."
Taylor said he visited Blackwater and the Rocky region at least once a year and he always tried to do something for the young kids.
He said he had kept in contact with younger St Brendan's football players and was pleased to see they were coming up through the ranks and landing contracts and that the school should be recognised for breeding great footy players.