At one point in time, young Ashley Taylor was the talk of the town.
His brilliant rookie season forced the Titans and Broncos into a bidding war that saw the former offer a mega-money, long-term contract to pin down their future superstar.
Much has been made of the million-per-season deal. Every performance since has been judged against the eye-watering offer that was tabled and taken.
I think it's fair to say that Taylor has hugely underdelivered. He has failed to live up to the promise he showed in his Rookie of the Year award-winning season.
Taylor has spent the past two seasons trying to rebuild a career that may become an example of talent and potential wasted.
He's gone from a seven-figure star to largely unwanted, and remains off-contract despite being just one game (for his side) away from the finals series.
I still believe there is a footballer in Taylor. A good one at that. I don't think I'm alone there.
Taylor has a lot to give... but where? Released from the Titans, it certainly won't be there anymore, but there is still a future for the former million-dollar man in the NRL.
We take a look at four options for Ash Taylor in 2022. Where will he play his footy next season? Let us know below.
1. Super League
Ash Taylor is 26. He has over 100 games of NRL on his resume. He was, at one time, an elite level playmaker.
That sure sounds a lot like the list of players who moved to the UK to prove themselves. To re-invent themselves.
We saw Jackson Hastings head over and become a star at Salford and then Wigan. This despite an NRL career that never hit the heights of Taylor's.
The salary cap looks as though it will, again, be slashed, while COVID and international travel restrictions will all have to be taken into account, but I have no doubt in the world that Taylor would become a big deal very quickly in the Super League.
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