Hull KR's Scott Taylor looks certain to leave admits chairman Neil Hudgell
HULL KR chairman Neil Hudgell admits forward Scott Taylor looks certain to have played his last game for the club – despite having a year left on his deal.
The 21-year-old's future at the Robins has been in doubt for the past two months, after he and agent David Howes refused to discuss terms on a possible contract extension at Craven Park.
It saw the Hull-born prop immediately linked with a cross-city move to Hull FC, whilst recent talk has centred on a move to table-toppers Wigan.
There had even been suggestions in the past week that Taylor had now decided to stay at the Robins after considering his future, and could see out the last year of his deal.
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However, Hudgell has confirmed to the Mail that will not be the case, speaking for the first time on the matter to confirm Taylor is unlikely to play for the club again.
"We have done all we can to try and tie Scott down longer term, with vastly improved terms being offered," Hudgell told the Mail.
"He refuses to negotiate at all, which is a very strong indicator to me that he doesn't want to be here any more.
"It is a disappointment after what we have invested in him, but I am not prepared to be backed into a corner on it and be dictated to by Scott and his agent.
"Inevitably I think that means he has played his last game for the club, and we will sell him to the highest bidder."
Hudgell would not be drawn over the current positions in negotiations with interested clubs.
However, some reports have suggested KR are keen to use a deal with Wigan to bring in full-back Matty Russell, who spent time on loan at Hull FC this season.
The news of Taylor's imminent departure comes just days after Hudgell stressed KR were not a 'selling club', despite having already sold stand-off Blake Green to the Warriors for next season in a £100,000 deal.
Hudgell was again keen to stress it was not a case of balancing the books, in a year which also saw Shannon McDonnell refuse a new contract, with Hull FC his expected destination, and captain Ben Galea cross the city after failing to agree new terms at the Robins.
"I am quite happy to let anyone go who doesn't want to be here, without exception," Hudgell said.
"Generally, I don't think it's a question of not competing with the big boys, it's more a question of us taking a view that we aren't going to pay over the odds for players.
"We weren't prepared to put £130,000 on the table for Shannon McDonnell, or to meet Benny Galea's demands in the week he gave us to make a decision before he first announced his retirement.
"Those were our choices, in the same way it was Ben's choice to carry on another year, and I have no problem with that.
"I don't think he was very comfortable with the idea of retiring at the end of the year, and so I wasn't at all surprised he decided to go round again.
"He's a player at the end of the day, and that's what he wants to carry on doing."