PLAYERS | Taylan May

Panther 604

22 matches [2021-2022]

64 points [16 tries]

Stats: themightypanthers.com/players_may-taylan.htm

Minchinbury junior and younger brother of Tyrone who appeared in the junior and lower grades with Penrith before being promoted to the NRL squad in 2021.

Primarily a centre, he made his NRL debut on the wing in Round 21 versus the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium. However, it would be his one and only NRL appearance for the season.

An injury to team mate Brian To’o saw him grab another NRL opportunity early in the 2022 season. He crossed for a hat trick in the first match versus Newcastle, and had scored a total of eight tries in five matches. Whilst the strike rate would not be maintained throughout the season, he retained his spot in the team when To’o returned and finished the regular season with 16 tries, and was the club’s top try scorer. Other honours that he earned throughout the season was his Test debut for Samoa in the mid-season Pacific Test, and he was also awarded the Ben Alexander rookie of the year award.

An off field incident after the 2021 grand final saw him earn a two week suspension late in the 2022 season – but rather controversially, it was deferred to the start of the 2023 season and was free to play during the finals series. He suffered a hamstring injury in the opening week which saw him miss out on selection for both the preliminary and grand finals. However, he was selected for Samoa in the World Cup and made four appearances throughout the tournament.

Last updated 3 December 2022

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