Titans coach Justin Holbrook has compared Ash Taylor’s new role to that of champion five-eighth Brad Fittler – much to Freddy’s chagrin.
Taylor, Gold Coast’s much-maligned $1 million per season playmaker, scored a try and made a bright contribution as the Titans upset the Broncos on Saturday.
Holbrook afterwards explained the rationale behind moving the start from halfback to No.6.
“Basically just to not have him have to direct the side and run the team,” Holbrook said on The Sunday Footy Show.
“I just wanted him to worry about himself and he’s probably not too dissimilar to when Freddy played. Freddy was great at touching the ball once in a set of six and making it count, not having to worry about organising the whole side.
“Jamal Fogarty’s a natural No.7 and Ash can fill that role, I know he’s played a lot of halfback. I just think the fact that he can just touch it when he wants the ball and the biggest difference for me with how Ash is [playing] is just his effort.
“His kick chasing was great [on Saturday night], his kicking game was fantastic and he’s running the ball. Just the fact that he doesn’t have to worry about organising the whole side and taking pressure off him in that area, to just go out and do his own job.”
Fittler was on The Sunday Footy Show panel when Holbrook made the comments. Holbrook was a fringe Sydney Roosters teammate of Fittler’s in the club’s 2002 premiership season.
“How good was that? Basically he just said you bludged for five tackles out of every six!” Peter Sterling said to Fittler.
Fittler replied, mostly tongue-in-cheek: “Hurricane (Holbrook), wait until I see you. Wait until that border opens, Hurricane.”