Taylor to take his time

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Updated: February 3, 2016
Thomson co-coach Brent Taylor won't rush his return from ongoing hamstring problems. Picture: VICKI KING
Thomson co-coach Brent Taylor won't rush his return from ongoing hamstring problems. Picture: VICKI KING

Thomson co-coach Brent Taylor won’t rush his return from ongoing hamstring problems. Picture: VICKI KING

THOMSON co-coach Brent Taylor is taking a safety-first approach to pre-season after his 2015 was marred by repeated hamstring problems.

The former Drysdale star played just seven games – and finished just three of them – in his first year in charge at Godfrey Street as his body continually failed him.

“I did four or five hamstrings, and then even the last three games I played I couldn’t run,” he told K rock Football.com.au.

“The back’s a lot better, but I’ve only finished nine games in two years, so my base fitness isn’t there at the moment.

“I’ve just got to manage and get right for the start of the season.”

That management has seen the 31-year-old do very little of Thomson’s build-up to 2016.

“I’ve only trained a couple of times,” Taylor said.

“Last year what stuffed me up was I trained all before Christmas and I did too much.

“Because I came to a new club and was coach, I wanted to set a good example, and it just stuffed me up for the whole year.

“I had a bit of a back issue that I just couldn’t get right, then I wasn’t fit, so one thing led to another.”

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Taylor, who captained the BFL Hawks to premiership success in 2009-10, admits he gave some thought to retirement.

“Half-way through last year I wasn’t going to play this year,” he said.

“It was only when I came back and I played the last few games, and then (partner) Ash was the one who said “you’ve got to keep playing because you’re just going to be a pain in the arse at home, and you’ll have too much energy”.

“And with the boys now – Oakley’s five, Bailey’s three – they enjoy watching me play.

“They come every week with Ash and watch, but I’m not playing a lot of the time.

“I’m hoping to play a bit more this year.”

Taylor believes a dozen games is his likely limit for 2016.

“I couldn’t tell you the last year I played every game – probably when I was 24 or 25,” he said.

“I’d probably say 10-12 games would be ideal, then looking at the byes and managing it.

“It may be that I play two games and have a week off, or If I’m feeling good I might play 3-4 and then miss two games.

“It’ll just come down to managing it best I can.”

Twitter: @tom_king79



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