He is only 23 and once again Queensland Origin star Dave Taylor faces a life changing decision over his playing future.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs forward opted to leave the Brisbane Broncos at the end of 2009 for a lucrative three-year deal at Redfern but negotiations over an extension are in limbo as Taylor and his wife contemplate whether a return to Queensland is best for their young family.
The Rabbitohs have made it clear they’re desperate to retain the 122kg forward, who was on the verge of Australian selection last year, and Taylor is believed to be extremely happy at Souths working with new coach Michael Maguire.
But Queensland clubs are monitoring whether Taylor is serious about a return north with rumours starting to grow that family might tempt him to change clubs.
Taylor’s parents still live in the mining town of Blackwater in central Queensland, his wife’s mother lives in Brisbane, and they both have extended family located throughout Queensland making the Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and even the Gold Coast Titans viable destinations if they decide to leave Sydney.
A potential stumbling block for Taylor to return to Queensland may be the depth of backrowers at each of his potential clubs.
The Broncos have five quality forwards vying for three spots this season and only Ben Te’o is currently without a contract for next year.
The Titans boast rep stars Ashley Harrison, Greg Bird and Nate Myles, but would be interested in Taylor given his size and age.
The Cowboys have rising star Tariq Sims (signed until 2015) and are hopeful 18-year-old Jason Taumalolo will reject a huge offer from Parramatta to form an imposing backrow for the club.