Will Dave be team's first skipper?
AMID the euphoria surrounding Queensland’s historic 2011 State of Origin series win Blackwater product Dave Taylor uttered the words CQ NRL Bid chairman Geoff Murphy was eager to hear.
Murphy yesterday told The Morning Bulletin that Taylor, currently playing with the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL, wanted to lead his home region’s inaugural club, should expansion occur.
“I was in the dressing room after State of Origin III and Dave said to myself and a couple of his teammates he was coming back to Central Queensland when we got the team and he was going to be the club’s inaugural captain,” Murphy said.
“Dave has always said he wanted to come back to Central Queensland and play for us.”
Taylor, who is currently serving a five-week suspension for a dangerous throw, admits he’s not at a stage to captain an NRL side, but would love to take the opportunity if it presented itself in the future.
“I think I’m still a long way off before I start thinking about captaining a side,” he said.
“But, I’ve always said I’m 100% for the (CQ NRL) bid.
"Obviously I’d love to see an NRL team in the area where I grew up.”
Last month NRL boss David Gallop suggested expansion might not occur until 2015, and with Taylor off contract at the Rabbitohs at the end of the 2012 season, the 22-year-old could leave the door open for a return.
“I’m not one to sign long-term contracts.
"Three years here (at Souths) was a massive contract for me,” he said.
“It’d be at least two years before a team gets up and running so I’d think that if it does happen I’d consider it.”
Taylor, who played a part in Queensland’s sixth straight series win in 2011, would be 26 at the start of the 2015 NRL season, and Murphy believes he’d be a prime candidate to lead Central Queensland.
“By that stage he’d be just reaching his real peak.
"He’d be ready,” Murphy said.
“But, I’m not going to be the one that makes the decision on who captains the side, but I’d think he’d be a leading candidate.
“We’d certainly love to have somebody like Dave to come back and play for us.
“I’m not making any commitment, but he’s a Central Queensland player and we’ve said all along that we want our team to consist of a minimum of 75% of players who come from Central Queensland, and Dave fits that.
“It’s an indication that the people out there truly want to play for their home region of Central Queensland.”
Taylor’s interest in returning is certainly a boost for Murphy and the CQ NRL Bid team, who are expecting the NRL’s independent commission to be finalised shortly.