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Elijah Taylor on Super League debut with Salford, Hull FC preview & more!

  • Publish Date: Posted 4 months ago
  • Author: Jamal Niaz

​​Team Morson’s Salford Red Devils began the Super League season with a tough defeat against reigning champions, St Helens this past weekend, but one of the positives to take away was New Zealand international, Elijah Taylor’s Man of The Match winning debut. Taylor spoke exclusively to Morson Sport’s Jamal Niaz about his thoughts on the game and making his first start in the Super League:

“I was disappointed about the result obviously, we’ve worked really hard over the past twelve weeks. We had a game plan that we couldn’t execute and it would have been a good game to set the standard for the rest of the season, but we’ve learned a lot from it”

 He continued:

 “It was great to make my Super League debut. I’ve been watching Super League since I was 12/13 years old and to finally play my first game was pretty cool”

 The forward also discussed the main differences he has noticed in the game coming over from the NRL to England:

 “First of all, the weather is very different! I’m not used to playing in those conditions because it’s usually 38 degrees in Sydney around this time of year. It was a lot more physical than the NRL, that was something I also noticed, even in the pre-season against Wigan I was getting hammered when I had the ball”

 Salford have continued to gain the attention of the Rugby League world in the past two seasons with eye-catching performances seeing them reach two major finals, and this was something that attracted Elijah to the club:

 “I got a phone call from Richard Marshall saying that he was interested in signing me, I like the direction the club is going in and he told me I could really help him play his type of footie at the club. I’ve been watching Salford the last two seasons and they’ve looked really good playing in two big finals and I think I can add something coming into the club”

 Salford next come against Hull FC and Taylor is expecting an equally tough test after their winning start to the season:

 “I expect another physical game. I know a lot of players in that squad, Josh Reynolds as well, he’s contagious with his energy and enthusiasm. They’ll be up for it as well, they’re coming off a good win over Huddersfield and we’re going to put the training in this week.”

 Congratulations to Elijah Taylor for being the first Morson recruit of the round of the 2021 Super League season for Salford Red Devils, stay tuned for our weekly interviews with Salford’s stars throughout the year!