Despite being disappointed to miss out on the England international squad this autumn, Scott Taylor has explained how it may be a blessing in disguise as the powerful prop enjoys a hard-earned rest.
The Hull-born forward has made five international appearances for England, but after missing out on Wayne Bennett’s squad to face France and New Zealand this autumn, Taylor is keen to start pre-season training for next season as he hopes to prove a point.
Enjoying a short break in the early stages of the off-season is something that the 27-year-old is growing accustomed to after jetting off with England almost immediately after the Super League has come to a close in the previous two years.
But Taylor is eager to use the situation to his advantage and hopes to be fit and firing to go for the start of the 2019 season.
“I’ve accepted the decision that Wayne [Bennett] has made not to select me and what I’m going to do now is take a couple of weeks to rest the body and then get stuck into pre-season and have a real dig,” Taylor told hullfc.com.
“It will be the first full pre-season I’ve done for a few years now, so I’m really excited to get in peak condition and ready for the new season.
“I’m used to getting back from England in January and then within four weeks the season’s starting again, so not having to endure that challenge will be a nice change for me and hopefully I’ll be better off for it.”
The prop forward soldiered on through most of the 2018 season with a minor shoulder injury, but with plenty of time to recuperate during the off-season, Taylor is already working hard in his spare time to ensure he is fit for the start of pre-season.
“I was struggling with a bit of a shoulder injury last season but if it was that bad then I wouldn’t have been playing. I was just managing it as best as I could, but now I’ve got plenty of time to rest it up and make sure it’s ready for pre-season on November,” Taylor said.
“I’ve had a few scans in the last couple of weeks just to see where I’m at and the physios have been brilliant with me. I’ve got my rehab programme now, so I’m already working on that.
“Not being selected for England can be a bit of a bonus in a way because it gives me chance to rest the body and make sure I’m in the best possible shape for the start of the new season.”