Hull FC prop Scott Taylor admits he owes cross-city rivals Hull KR plenty for the development of his career, but he says he’s fully committed to driving the Black and Whites on to success in 2016.
Taylor is back in his hometown after spells with Salford and Wigan, although he began his career with the Robins before leaving in 2012.
But now he sees a bright future for the Airlie Birds.
“It is great to be back home and I am loving every minute of it. The club has been unbelievable for me in such a short period of time and I am really enjoying it,” Taylor told League Express.
“I owe a lot to Hull KR and I always say that. I wouldn’t be where I am but for Justin Morgan giving me that chance.
“It seems a long time ago now, but it’s not about looking back, it’s about looking forward and I just want to give 110 per cent every time I take that pitch. Hopefully we can have some success.”
Taylor insists that the top four is the minimum the Black and Whites should be aiming for after another disappointing season in 2015, and he sees plenty of reasons why 2016 could be their year.
“This is the first year that Radders (Lee Radford) has had his own team,” he added.
“Everyone he has signed looks top drawer and professional. It is about building that culture. It will take time, but the squad can go out there and do some damage. We really need to set our eyes on the top four and go from there.
“If we do the same as last year it won’t be acceptable. Going into that split you need to give yourself a chance.”
Taylor sees a long-term future at the KC Stadium after signing a lengthy deal to join the club.
“I am 24 now, and it’s time to put down some roots,” he said.
“I was in and around the England squad during my last year at Wigan but now I am back home, I have a four-year deal and I am in the best place I’ve been for a while.
“I am in the best shape I have been in. So it’s about building something here at Hull FC and I want to play every week and see what comes on the back of that. Hopefully, we will have a good team for years to come.”