Harry happy to wait on new deal

May 31, 2019 12:55 pm in by
Harry Taylor is set to return after being managed out of Geelong's loss to Fremantle. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

HARRY Taylor is happy to wait until the end of the season to discuss whether he extends his AFL career into a 13th season in 2020.

The Geelong veteran, who turns 33 on June 12, is out-of-contract at the end of the season.

However, Taylor’s taking his glittering career, that is now at 247 matches, one game at a time.

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“Nothing at this stage, and that’s probably the way I’d prefer it, to be honest,” he said when asked if discussions on a new contract had started.

(I’m) just taking a really simple view at the moment, and just trying to enjoy every day; I don’t look too far ahead.

“We have our whole calendar mapped out; that’s the way it works with AFL players. You could easily look (at) what you’ve got for the rest of the year.

“But, in my case, I literally just get up and check what I’ve got that day and leave it that, and worry about the next day after.

“It’s a pretty simple way to view my footballing life, but I think it’s helping me at the moment, and I’d like to keep it that way as long as I can.”

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After an injury-interrupted 2018 season in which injury limited him to a career-low eight games and had some pundits questioning his future, Taylor has bounced back to play every game in what is the AFL’s No.1 ranked defence.

Not surprisingly, the dual premiership player and two-time All-Australian is enjoying his footy again.

“It’s amazing when you’re healthy – both mentally and physically – how much of a difference it makes,” Taylor said.

“You don’t have to be too far off at this level to be exposed, and not do what you want to be able to do,

“To be actually fit and healthy again is something that’s making a big difference for me, and I’m able to perform and play to the level that I expect and that my teammates expect of me.”

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Click below to hear Harry Taylor’s media conference in-full.


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