BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 01: Ash Taylor of the Titans passes the ball during the round four NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on April 1, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

The Titans are hopeful that their coaching change will help keep troubled star Ash Taylor at the club.

The halfback has played just 10 games for the club this season after taking a leave from the game to address his mental health issues.

Taylor has also spent time in the reserve grade since returning, and Channel 7’s Chris Garry reported on Thursday night that the Titans could look to move him and his massive $1 million-a-season plus deal on.

However, Titans chairman Dennis Watt was hoping that the arrival of Justin Holbrook in November will encourage him to stay.

“The most important thing is his welfare,” Watt told The Sydney Morning Herald. 

“We have a team around him, just working with him.

“But it’s a work in progress, mate, as to when he comes back and how he comes back.

“I wouldn’t be too definitive about what that might entail at the moment.”

Watt dismissed reports that Taylor could be on the move.

“He’s certainly applying himself well. He has made it clear he wants to be back at NRL level but as far as… I haven’t heard of any approaches from any other clubs or what have you, at this stage,” he said.

“I still see him there (when Holbrook takes over) working hard.

“He’s turning up with a good attitude, he’s training hard and meeting all his commitments.”

It is believed that Titans Mal Meninga has made it clear to the playing group that they have until the end of the season to prove their worth to the club.

“They really have this period before the end of the season to stake their claim. They have to show whether they want to be part of the Titans or whether they don’t,” Watt said.

“At the end of the day they have to demonstrate why they really want to play for the club and for the jersey.”

Re-signing Jai Arrow is also a huge priority for the Gold Coast, with a number of Sydney rivals set to come calling from November 1.

“Obviously we are keen to retain him. Hopefully we can get something sorted in the next little while,” Watt said.

“He obviously doesn’t go onto the market until November 1. Hopefully we can wrap him up before then. We are very keen to keep him. He’s a future leader of the club.

“He’s certainly made it clear that his preference is to stay here and it was great to see him back last week. We do see him as a priority, for sure.”

 

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  1. Cowboys should sign him. Morgan and Taylor could be a good combo together, and makes the future look really promising especially with Drinkwater and fullback and Robson at hooker.

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