Former Geelong defender Harry Taylor made a career of putting goal strikers in his pocket.
However, his days after the AFL saw him reincarnate by attacking and constantly messing up defenses in Western Australia’s Great Northern Football League.
Taylor has already scored 72 goals for Northampton this season with his offensive exploits helping the Rams advance to the final for the first time since 2004.
Three weeks ago he used a whopping 17 loot and recently added 10 more when the Rams held a fundraiser for Northampton and Kalbarri area residents.
The 35-year-old revealed that things got interesting when Josh Kennedy from the West Coast arrived.
“We kept it relatively quiet until JK came along,” he said on WA Sports Day.
“Before the game he went down to the locker room and he just mentioned it was $ 1,000 for every goal I scored.”
Taylor would start the day slow and imprecise before rallying to provide Kennedy with a sizable bill (if of course the Eagle star had to give it his all himself).
“Also, the fact that I forgot my boots and had to borrow a pair from one of the Ressies players, but that’s another story,” he added.
“I scored four points in the first quarter and two in the second, so six points and I thought it wouldn’t go very well.
“But luckily I managed to end up with 10 and raise a few bucks for some people in need.”
Away from Ram’s life, Taylor believes his former Cats teammates are well positioned to play another grand final despite the fact that Tom Stewart’s injury will make it more difficult.
He would love to see them play in the 2021 Grand Final at Optus Stadium given that the current coronavirus situation will likely keep the decision maker away from the CWM.
“He’s an incredible player and he’s been fantastic again this year,” he added.
“He’s probably a lock on his third All-Australian jacket, I think he’s been exceptional. Sadly, he probably won’t be there anytime soon, but there’s a chance he’ll return in the final campaign.
“But the Cats get along really well. I think they play the most consistent football of any team right now.
“Yes, they’ve had their ups and downs, but they look pretty tough in all parts of the pitch.
“It would be nice to see them come here and play in a grand final, hopefully a grand final in front of a massive WA crowd. It would be something quite special.
Eagles of the West Coast of Geelong