Gin Gin's Zane Taylor will coach the Gin Gin Hawks next year.
Gin Gin's Zane Taylor will coach the Gin Gin Hawks next year. Shane Jones

Taylor hoping third time to be the charm

LEAGUE: From playing to coaching, Gin Gin's Zane Taylor is ready for the next role of his career.

The 33-year-old has been named as the coach of the Hawks in the Northern Districts Rugby League next year, taking over from Ben Kuskey.

In what is his first coaching role, Taylor is assuming the top job after retiring from the game he played for more than a decade.

"I've been there for 12 years and I can't play because I broke my leg last year,” he said.

"I'm 33 years old and I took three-and-a-half months off from the leg, so it isn't worth playing any more.

"I still wanted to be involved and the coaching position came up so I took it.”

Taylor now wants to guide the side to the ultimate glory, just like he did as a player in 2009.

The Hawks have lost the last two grand finals.

"We know what it takes to get there, we know the hard work and commitment to put in to get there,” Taylor said.

"Gin Gin is hosting the grand final so we would love nothing more than to hold up the premiership cup there.”

Taylor knows he can't do that without a squad, which he is in the process of organising.

The coach said he would figure out his game play and style once that was finalised by the middle of next month.

The club will hold a sign-on day on January 6 at the football fields in Gin Gin.



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