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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Chris Taylor still in my plans says Whitehaven's Woods

Wigan youngster Chris Taylor is still very much part of Whitehaven’s plans Dave Woods has pledged – despite the signing of top Aussie playmaker Brett Seymour.

Woods reckons Taylor, on a season-long loan from the Warriors, has shown plenty of potential this season, and he has started five of the opening six games of the season at stand-off, missing the other due to injury.

But former NRL star Seymour is likely to play in the halves alongside the impressive Cain Southernwood.

“That’s what we are looking to do at this stage, but we also have the option of Chris Taylor, which puts pressure on Cain,” Woods said.

“Chris could also be a ball-playing loose-forward or we could play him at centre, and put pressure on there.”

Taylor scored two tries in Wigan Academy’s Grand Final win against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley last year and Haven had been keen to sign him on a full-time basis.

But Wigan wanted to retain him, believing he may have the potential to step up to the top-flight at some stage.

Woods was impressed with how the right-footed kicker cooly slotted a drop-goal with his left foot against Barrow on Sunday.

“It’s not like it trickled over, it flew over,” he added. “He’s still learning to play in his position but he’s doing all right.”

Seymour, who is awaiting visa clearance, is looking forward to potentially linking up with Southernwood.

“He seems to be at the centre of it, and I wouldn’t mind playing outside him,” Seymour said. “I don’t mind playing five-eighth (stand-off), it’s probably where I’ve played all my best footy. I don’t want to unsettle the camp.”

Cumbria Academy travel to Halifax today (2.30pm) looking to get back on track after losing their unbeaten record in emphatic style against Sheffield last week. They have kept faith with the squad that went down 74-20 to the Eagles, who have won their opening five games.

“They trained well this week and after reviewing the Sheffield game, they know what they have to correct,” manager Paul Farrell said. “Now they have to put it in to action. But it’s not going to be an easy game at Halifax.”

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