A potent mix of speed and skill, Duryea fitted the criteria to be taken with Hawthorn’s pick at 69 in the 2009 NAB AFL Draft. Duryea represented NSW/ACT at the 2009 Under 18 NAB AFL Championships. He is a crafty defender who possesses the ability to play either a lockdown or run-off role.
A horrible run of injuries has limited Duryea’s senior opportunities, but he was able to put together a consistent VFL year for Box Hill Hawks in 2012 culminating in being named their Best Finals Player. Duryea made his debut in Rd 3 of the 2013 season against Collingwood. He ended ump playing 18 games in his 2013 season, only finding himself just short of a Grand Final birth.
Duryea’s persistence and desire to constantly improve has been a true credit to his game and character as he has now played over 100 games for the Hawthorn Football Club. In season 2014 Duryea played 23 of a possible 25 games, averaging 15 disposals and finding a consistent place in Hawthorn’s experienced defensive unit. Duryea had a terrific first finals series and contributed to Hawthorn’s 2014 Premiership win, with the flag being his first. 2015 he was a part of the Hawthorn premiership winning team again after having another phenomenal season and an even better finals campaign.
Despite missing the first 8 games for the season, Duryea returned to the senior side after facing injury early in the year. Duryea played 15 games for the season and found himself averaging 14.4 disposals and 2.7 tackles a game. Taylor will now look towards the 2018 season where he hopes to remain immune from injury and continue to play his dynamic brand of football.