Jason Taylor will get shot at revenge against Wests Tigers next month

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Jason Taylor, Wests Tigers, Sydney Roosters
Rugby League - St Helens v Sydney Roosters - 2016 Dacia World Club Series - Langtree Park - 19/2/16 Dale Copley (C) celebrates scoring the fourth try for Sydney Roosters Reuters / Ed Sykes

Jason Taylor, the new assistant coach of the Sydney Roosters, will get an opportunity to plot his former NRL team's downfall when the Tricolours face the Wests Tigers in a round 14 clash at Campbelltown next month. Taylor was fired by the Tigers in March after serving nearly three seasons as the head coach. 

Taylor was a part of the Roosters coaching staff when the team made back-to-back semi-final appearances in 2011 and 2012. He also served as assistant to Trent Robinson for the 2013 season before landing the head coaching job with the Tigers in Sept. 2014. The former North Sydney Bears halfback had signed a three-season contract with the Tigers but was unceremoniously sacked just three games into the 2017 NRL season. At the time, Wests Tigers boss Justin Pascoe was unapologetic about sacking Taylor. 

"We're not going to sit here and allow this organisation to drift again. And to miss out on finals, it's been since 2011, we're focussed and unapologetic that we're going to make those decisions," said Pascoe, citing the humiliating losses to the Raiders (46-6) and Panthers (36-2) as the straw that broke the camel's back. "And those two games were performances that were unacceptable to this organisation. They showed to us that the improvement we had hoped for wasn't there."

Jason Taylor has unfinished business in Campbelltown

On Monday, social media went abuzz after the Sydney Roosters confirmed Taylor's appointment. As expected, there's a lot of anticipation ahead of the mouth-watering round 14 clash at on June 11 when Taylor's Roosters lock horns with Ivan Cleary’s Tigers.  According to The Daily Telegraph, "the 46-year-old Taylor replaces Justin Holbrook who is headed to the UK after being signed to coach St Helens in the Super League. Taylor was Roosters mentor Trent Robinson’s assistant for two seasons with the pair steering the club to the 2013 premiership and is highly regarded as an attack coach."

Jason Taylor will also re-unite with West Tigers fullback James Tedesco, who recently announced his decision to join the Sydney Roosters on a four-year contract at the end of the 2017 NRL season. Taylor and Tedesco enjoyed some success during their time together in Campbelltown. Stay tuned for the latest news and updates surrounding the National Rugby League.