Season by Season
Mid-season, from Ben Dyer
“It was encouraging to see how quickly he was able to come in and impact. He does that because he loves the contest and goes looking for the ball.
“From the games that he has played you couldn’t ask for much more considering the time he missed. Once he gets the continuity under his belt, although it’ll be late in the season, he’s going to add to the team because of the controlled aggression he brings.”
Second half of 2015, from Shane Watson
“He just enjoys playing footy after missing so long.
“He’s almost like a kid playing for his junior footy club. He just wants to get out there and he enjoys tackling and he added something different to the forward mix.
“He’s a bit taller and has a bit more size on him from being in the gym for 12-18 months. That was the one benefit of being injured; he could build on his strength.
“For the moment, he’s only played a half year in the side so his role is more likely to be as a forward as opposed to moving further up the field.”
Taylor Garner was set for a promising second year at Arden Street before a hamstring injury cruelled his progress.
Backing up from two senior appearances late in 2013, the number 27 had a good pre-season and was selected for North’s NAB Challenge match against Hawthorn at Aurora Stadium.
It was there where disaster struck, Garner injuring his hamstring tendon. While the diagnosis was originally for a few weeks on the sidelines, the youngster struggled to recover, battling through small setbacks and another slight strain in the opposite leg.
It made for a long winter in the gym and on the rehab trail, and eventually the decision was made to wrap up his season early.
Garner will resume training in early December, shortly after the Utah trip is completed.
Mid-season, from Shane Watson
“Taylor needs to work on his fitness levels. As a first year player, it’s not unexpected.
“He can impact the game at VFL level and he’s looked comfortable there at times but at the moment he can’t do it for long enough."
End of season review
Playing for North Ballarat in the VFL, he showed a knack of standing up when the pressure was at its fiercest. On multiple occasions he kicked game winning goals for the Roosters.
Garner was rewarded with two senior appearances late in the season; one as a sub against Adelaide before his full debut against Collingwood in Round 23.