Gold Coast star Dave Taylor says the NRL club’s coaching staff have been phenomenal for him during his recent suspension.
Taylor was banned from playing the opening two rounds of the NRL season by the Titans after he and four other teammates were issued with charges by Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission.
The Queensland State of Origin representative, as well as Greg Bird and Beau Falloon, have since returned to the Titans’ first team after their bans were lifted in the wake of their initial court appearances on the Gold Coast.
Taylor says coach Neil Henry and other members of the Titans staff deserve praise for supporting him and the other players during their exodus.
“The coaching staff and that, they were fantastic,” Taylor told the Nine Network.
“They’ve had our backs and I couldn’t ask for anything more from King (Henry).”
Both Taylor and Falloon have turned to the waves to help them through the stresses of the past months with the pair regularly surfing together during their suspensions.
Taylor says the solitude of the water had been hugely cathartic.
“It’s been massive just getting out and not thinking about anything else,” he said.
“Getting out there is so relaxing and spiritual really, bit of peace out there and having fun while you’re doing it.”
Falloon will frustratingly have to sit out the next two matches including Friday’s derby against Brisbane due to suspension.
The hooker was hit with a grade one dangerous throw charge during last weekend’s narrow win over Cronulla and has copped a two-game ban after accepting an early guilty plea.
He admits he may have to adjust his tackling technique to avoid future problems.
“The timing’s not great obviously,” Falloon told the Nine Network.
“I’ve obviously got a bit of bad technique going there that I need to fix up. King’s had a word to me about it.”