CENTRAL Queensland's Dave 'Coal Train' Taylor feels like he is back on track after having minor shoulder surgery in October, so much so that he's even enjoying his rigorous pre-season training with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
"Strangely enough, pre-season training has been quite enjoyable," the former Blackwater Crushers junior said.
"I have no doubt it will be the right preparation for another tough season ahead... I'm really liking it."
Fully recovered following surgery, Taylor shed light on his holiday schedule as a professional footballer.
"It's training, training and more training," he said.
He said quality rest time came in the form of breaks between sessions and the odd day off.
Taylor said he was pleased to achieve a number of his personal goals in 2011.
"I feel during 2011 I worked hard on grinding my way into a game and as a result became more consistent with how I play," he said.
"The goal next year is to build on what I achieved this year - to be a major contributor to the team week-in, week-out.
"If I do that well, the opportunity to play representative footy will be achievable."
Taylor said the Rabbitohs team was looking good for the start of the season, pinpointing players like Greg Inglis and Sam Burgess to be key contributors.
"We are pretty strong in nearly all positions," he said.
"I'm just doing my best at training to be there in round one, play well and play 80 minutes."
Unfortunately those who hoped to catch a glimpse of the big man around his hometown of Blackwater this Christmas will have to wait for another occasion, after he confirmed he will not be returning this holiday season.
He and wife Ash, along with their two young daughters, will spend the break at home with a few good friends.
"Christmas is all about the kids. Macie is nearly three now and is becoming very aware of what Christmas is all about," Taylor said.
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