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Sam Taylor

#15   GWS Giants
Age: 21yr 6mth    Games: 34     Born: May 5, 1999     Origin: Swan Districts
Height: 196cm     Weight: 93kg     Position: Defender
Last Drafted: Round 2, Pick #28 2017 National Draft by GWS Giants
Supercoach Price: $338,500   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $316,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: Out of contract at the end of 2022   AFL Player Contracts
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Sam Taylor Biography

Thursday, 30 July 2020
Sam Taylor details his incredible and painful fight with septic arthritis, the symptoms of which began to manifest after the Giants beat Collingwood on a Friday night back in round four.

"The pain was so bad it woke me up, it was like this sharp, piercing sort of pain. It was sore to walk, sore to touch and I was just in a lot of pain and I couldn't get rid of it. I got up and I couldn't even walk it was so bad. So for the next few hours I just tried to stretch it out and it took ages but finally I got back to sleep," Taylor said.

Taylor's wrist started to ache just as much as his back. His ankle, which he had slightly rolled a few weeks earlier, swelled right up. He would start to feel a bit better, then everything would get worse than it had been. The pain was intense, and he just felt off. He was sent for some blood tests, and there were some initial fears that he may have developed an autoimmune illness, something Taylor did not like the sound of at all.

"I was freaking out when the specialist said that. I was really freaking out, I couldn't believe it," he said. "That would have been long-term, and I would have been taking medication every day. He thought my body was attacking itself and he said if that's what it was then I would have it my whole life. But this infection, as bad as it was, it will be gone forever once I get rid of it."

Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Sam Taylor signs a two-year contract extension with GWS to remain at the club until the end of 2022.

Taylor says he's thrived on the responsibility he's been given in the back 50 playing on the opposition's key forwards.

"Thatís the great thing about our coaches, I love that they give me the chance to play on these types of guys, so I can develop my own game," he said.

"I take things from each guy I play on and I love that the club has that trust in me."

Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Jeremy Cameron says spending the pre-season matched up on Sam Taylor has helped his footy.

"The whole pre-season he played on me and I'm sick of it to be honest," Cameron said with a laugh.

"He might be on the back foot in a contest, but the way he wills himself to halve it or even win it is just amazing.

"For someone in their second year to be able to do that is awesome for the team, and we're lucky to have him in our side."

Friday, 31 August 2018
Sam Taylor signs a one-year extension with GWS to remain at the club until the end of 2020.
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