Dave warms to visiting back home

FOR many of the players stepping off the team plane on Wednesday, the warm country air might have felt like a bit of a shock to the system. But for the born and bred Central Highlands youngster Dave Taylor, it would have felt just like home.

He said seeing the smiles on fans' faces both young and old, was what made the visit as special as it was.

“It just goes to show how strong the community is, after all they've been through with the floods… it's just amazing, the support we've got is overwhelming,” Taylor said.

He added that you only have to look at the distances covered by rugby league fans in and around the Central Highlands to gauge the strong support in the area.

“People put in a lot of kilometres out here and a lot of them (will drive) to Townsville just to watch games,” he said.

With a Central Queensland bid venture looming a hot contender in the NRL, Taylor said it would be an offer he would seriously consider should the opportunity arise.

“I'd love to come back here and play,” he said.

“At the moment I'm pretty happy at Souths but down the track if it did pop up then I would definitely grab it with both hands.”

The Queensland enforcer will line up for State of Origin Game Two in Sydney off the interchange bench, after being named as 18th man in Game One in Brisbane.

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