Posted: 23 November, 2016 by AAP

BREAKING News on Dave Taylor

Tags: Canberra Raiders, Gold Coast Titans

Dave Taylor Photo: Getty Images

Former Gold Coast Titans forward Dave Taylor has been fined $1000 after pleading guilty to cocaine possession, but has escaped conviction.

Judge Katherine McGuiness said Taylor had set a poor example to children but decided not to record convictions, which could have stopped him from playing overseas.

Taylor, now attempting to restart his career on a train and trial deal with Canberra, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing a dangerous drug, namely cocaine, in August and September of 2014.

Defence lawyer Campbell MacCallum told Southport District Court that the former Queensland and Australian star had suffered a marriage breakdown and an 80 per cent hit in earnings due to the scandal.

"He has come back to Australia and lost approximately $200,000 due to the quick sale of his house, which was required due to the breakdown of his marriage," Mr MacCallum said.

"The breakdown of the marriage is a direct result of the stresses that were put upon himself and his wife and the media attention at the time the offences were committed."

Dave Taylor Photo: Getty Images

He also said the NRL's integrity unit was waiting for a sentencing report before determining what punishment it would hand down to the 28-year-old.

Taylor's sentencing comes after fellow former Gold Coast players Joe Vickery and Jamie Dowling were handed fines and community service orders earlier this year.

Judge McGuiness said she took into account Taylor's Canberra NRL contract and didn't believe it would be fair to have him travel back to Queensland for community service.

She accepted his actions were "out-of-character" but reminded him he had set a poor example in the public eye.

"You were in the media spotlight, that has led to you suffering in a way greater than other people too," she said.

"But it also led to you setting a very bad example to children and young adults in the community."

Outside court, Taylor said he was aiming to move past the scandal.

"I'm looking to move on and leave everything behind me and hopefully do good for Canberra."

Dave Taylor Photo: Getty Images

Canberra has taken a punt on the journeyman forward, allowing the former Queensland representative to train with the NRL club.

Taylor will take part in the Raiders' pre-season program, with the opportunity to play in two trial games.

If all goes well, a deal for the 2017 NRL season could be on the table.

"It's up to David to show if he wants it bad enough," Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said.

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Tags: Canberra Raiders, Gold Coast Titans

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