Barossa District welcome return of 'Scrubber' Taylor

Reigning premiers Barossa District have continued to consolidate their list with the acquisition of another high profile recruit.

Former Barossa District player Michael “Scrubber” Taylor, who is a Bulldogs club junior, is returning back to the kennel.

Taylor, who played a handful of league games with the Central District Bulldogs in the SANFL, was a key member of both Barossa’s 2012 and 2013 flags, winning grand finals against Tanunda and Gawler Central under SA Football Hall of Famer, Roger James.

He has been playing with the Adelaide University Blacks in 2017 where he was a Amateur League Division One “Team of the Year” selection alongside a former flag winning Bulldogs team mate, currently playing at Rostrevor, Heath Commane on half forward flank.

“I still think I have a year of good football left in me and with what Todd Miles and Alby (Alan) Obst have done at the Bulldogs, I thought it was an appropriate time to come back,” Taylor told the Herald.

“Since those couple of years back at home and flags at the Bulldogs I played a little with the university before travelling overseas for 18 months or so.

“During that time I did play with Scotty Leal (former Freeling playing coach) for Orange County in the American National Aussie Rules Football Championships

“There is a coach at the Blacks and I didn’t want to just roll through a season, letting things drift along.

“It seems an appropriate time to come back as the club is looking for a third consecutive BLG flag.

“If we can achieve that it will also be my third flag at the Bulldogs.”

Taylor will add to the quality of the Barossa midfield, noted for his ball winning ability and his ability to create.

Playing coach Todd Miles is rapt to see Taylor return to his foundation club.

“Along with his football credentials, Michael is a quality bloke and he will quickly fit into our program,” Miles said.

“Bringing him into the squad will mean the senior players can spend more time up forward.”

In 2017 Taylor was in the Adelaide University Blacks’ best players in no less than 13 of his team’s 16 matches.

In 10 of those contests, Taylor was among the Blacks’ best three players.

The Adelaide University Football Club is one of the game’s most unique football clubs, with seven senior men’s teams that compete in the SA suburban Amateur Football League each week.