GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 01: Ashley Taylor of the Titans runs at the Sharks defence during the round 21 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Cronulla Sharks at Cbus Super Stadium on August 1, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/Getty Images)

Fox League expert’s Braith Anasta and Greg Alexander have slammed Titans playmaker Ash Taylor following another disappointing performance against the Warriors on Friday.

Taylor left the ground in the 63rd minute of the game after accumulating just three runs for the night, with the Titans finding a new level in his absence.

The 25-year-old is reportedly on close to $1 million per season and Alexander believes he is yet to show his worth for Gold Coast.

“For mine, I don’t think we should continue to place the expectation on Ash Taylor,” Alexander said.

“We shouldn’t say this game hangs on Ash Taylor because I can’t remember the last time we came in at full-time and said Ash Taylor delivered.

“I think we’re probably being unfair on Ash Taylor, by saying he’s going to be a key player in this game.

“I don’t even think we should go down that road anymore, because he’s not a key player for the Titans. He just isn’t. And I don’t know whether he just doesn’t like playing the game.”

Alexander’s Fox League colleague in Anasta took note on Taylor’s motivation during the game.

“He’s so far away from his best form its crazy,” Anasta said.

“When he went down it didn’t look that bad, it really didn’t and when he walked off I thought he’s coming back on and he didn’t but it didn’t look like he wanted to come back.

“You get the vibe that he’s down in confidence and he couldn’t get any worse.

“As Brandy said the expectation on this kid… he’s not really a kid anymore.

“The expectations are high because of his price tag.

“When he went off they played better, clutch plays, Fogarty comes in – who’d have expected that?

“I think the time is up for Ash. He’s got to find the trigger that gets the best out of him.

“He’s got to find something because time is completely running out. Honestly, he’d be lucky to make the side next week.”

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Titans should swap Ash Taylor for Ben Hunt

    Swap two underperforming million dollar players

    Dragons should sack McGregor and start to build young. next season Tyson Frizzel will be gone, coming off the back of also losing James Graham this year. Ben Hunt is underperforming and lately just got shifted to hooker. Ash Taylor needs a change of scenery and along with Corey Norman and Cam McInnes he would have a solid group of help. in the long term maybe Taylor can refind his form next to an experienced quality half and help lead a young dragons team of Dufty, Lomax, Rawalawa, Aiken, Kerr, Timms and so on.

    Titans are currently on the mend under Holbrook but still a bottom dweller. Ben Hunt could be a great hooker/halfback for them helping their young guys improve, maybe moving back home to Queensland would help him refind form. Next season they will have a solid young pack with Fotuaika, Tino and possibly Fifita but losing Arrow will leave a huge hole. what the titans miss in Taylor is consistency and leadership, which is mainly what hunt gives you plus a great kicking game. End of the day, they have tried using Taylor for the past year, giving him time and changing positions but it hasn’t worked. Hunt although not amazing is better than Taylor and will give them a better chance of winning.

    titans
    1. Thompson 6. Brimson 7. Fogarty 9. Hunt 14. Boyd

    dragons
    1. Dufty 6. Norman 7. Taylor 9. McInnes

  2. There’s no way I would want to see Ash Taylor at the Dragons and I think they have a real gem in Adam Clune already playing first grade. If the Titans want to offload Ash Taylor that’s fine, but I don’t think he’d be any better at the Dragons.

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