Troy, Oh Boy
Delisted Richmond excitement machine Troy Taylor will weave his magic with Hume Football League club Walla this season.
Only six months after being cut from the AFL club's list, Taylor trained trained with the Hoppers on Tuesday night and will be rushed into the Hoppers' team to play Osborne at Walla tomorrow.
His signing came about through contacts of Walla coach Merv Neagle who spent time at the helm of Northern Territory club St Marys.
Taylor, 20, said yesterday he was looking forward to helping the Hoppers back up the ladder.
"It's good to get here," Taylor said.
"I trained the other night and it's good."
Taylor played four matches in two tumultuous seasons at Punt Road after being picked up by Richmond in the fourth round of the 2009 draft.
He twice walked out on the Tigers, citing homesickness, before coach Damien Hardwick delisted him last October.
Taylor returned to the Northern Territory late last year and played seven matches for Wanderers as they charged into the preliminary final before bowing out of the premiership race with a 52-point loss to Nightcliff.
He has been joined at Walla by fellow Wanderers player Brentley Moreen, while at least two other NT players are poised to join the club soon.
Walla secretary Dalton Wegener said yesterday Taylor would be a sensational acquisition.
"Troy is ony young, but he has played at the highest level and we're looking forward to seeing him out there on Saturday against Osborne," Wegener said.
"We are rebuilding and Troy's a big part of that along with Brentley an our other recruits."
Walla is confident of climbing serveral rungs up the ladder with the signing of Taylor, Moreen and Merbein key position player Brody Harris.
The club collected last year's wooden spoon.