Ash Taylor is set to announce his retirement from NRL, effective immediately.
As first reported by The Daily Telegraph, the 27-year-old will hang up the boots due to an ongoing hip injury which has plagued him in the past 18 months.
Once considered one of the best young halves in the game, Taylor signed with the Gold Coast Titans on huge deal back in 2016, but struggled throughout his six years at the club.
Taylor battled injuries and form slumps for the Titans, but also struggled with mental health issues.
Heading into 2022 without a club, Taylor was given a lifeline by the Warriors, but did not feature in an NRL game for Nathan Brown’s side.
Brown confirmed the reports regarding Taylor’s future during the Warriors’ 21-20 win over Canberra.
“Ash is obviously in a difficult time with his hip and things aren’t going great for him there,” he said.
“The retirement thing, someone has got the mail pretty quick and good.
“I don’t think Ash will be playing rugby league anymore, but we’re trying to make him earn his money and keep him active.
“He still comes to the club all the time and does stuff – he is transitioning from not playing to thinking about what the future looks like.”
Taylor finishes his carer with 115 first grade games and one game for the Indigenous All Stars in 2017.
But despite a career that was tumultuous at times, Brown is hoping Taylor isn’t los to the game.
“We’ve only got to know Ash in the past short time and everyone has enjoyed having him around,” Brown said.
“He worked pretty good in the pre-season to get himself in better shape – in amongst that, he has had hip trouble and things didn’t work out well.
“He’s certainly someone you’d had to see lost to the game, he has got a good footy brain and like a lot of the young Indigenous boys, they love their footy and will play any day of the week.
“Hopefully there is some sort of format for Ash going forward to stay involved in the game.”