Souths new recruit Dave Taylor ($196,000 2RF/FRF) did not take part in a simulated training match yesterday, but has assured fans and DT Coaches he will be fit and ready to go to take his place alongside UK import Sam Burgess ($120,300 FRF/2RF) in the season opener. “I’ll be right to play round one,” Taylor said. The former Bronco was the glaring absentee as new coach John Lang put the squad through a testing 80-minute session at Redfern Oval, spending the time locked in the gym working on the left ankle strain that forced him to miss the All Stars clash. The injury scare sparked fears the 21-year-old back-rower may miss the season-opener alongside Michael Crocker ($185,600 2RF), still recovering from groin, shoulder and ankle surgery, but both Taylor and Lang were quick to guarantee he will take his place on the field at the ANZ Stadium next Sunday.  Boasting arguably, and yet to be proven, the toughest pack in the NRL fans of the Rabbits are licking their lips at the season ahead. Enjoying the likes of Roy Asotasi ($238,200 FRF) , Ben Ross ($149,500 FRF), Scott Geddes ($188,600 FRF), Eddy Pettybourne ($198,000 2RF/FRF), Michael Crocker, Isaac Luke ($226,300 HOK), Dave Taylor and Sam Burgess brought this quip from Taylor, “The reason you come to a new club is to win premierships and that’s one thing that I’m looking forward to is winning a premiership at Souths.”

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