Central Queensland Capras prop and former Queensland Maroons star Dave Taylor has today, officially announced his retirement from rugby league.
The ex-NRL star commonly known as the ‘Coal Train’ hangs up the boots after 207 first grade games, eight Origin appearances and one international in the green and gold.
Capras CEO Peter White and head coach David Faiumu joined the chorus of supporters congratulating Dave on his wonderful career following today's announcement.
“It's quite sad that we may have seen the last of Dave at this level.” said Faiumu.
“He has been a professional footballer now for over 12 years and reached some wonderful heights.
“No doubt his body has taken a lot of punishment during this time, and niggling injuries have plagued him over the past six months in particular.”
White believes the 'Coal Train' will be best remembered for his imposing presence, bullocking runs and silky ball skills.
“I first remember seeing Dave playing for Rocky Under 17s in Gladstone, and even as a schoolboy, he was a mountain of a man," the Capras CEO said.
"I struggled to understand how someone that big could be so athletic and blessed with wonderful ball skills.
"I knew then that, barring injury, he would go all the way to the top.”
Despite calling it a day at Intrust Super Cup and NRL level, Taylor did leave the door open for perhaps continuing on at a local level.
“I haven’t made my mind up as yet to be honest," he said.
"I am enjoying the time away from training at the moment and allowing my body to recuperate, however I still love the game and who knows, something may come up in the near future.”
White said Taylor was a proud Central Queenslander, and the Capras as an organisation would always welcome him around the club.
The 'Coal Train' is looking forward to the next chapter of his life.