Veteran midfielder Matt Taylor sets sights on Swindon success
MATT Taylor has had a great career, but insists the fire to win things still burns as strong as ever at League Two outfit Swindon Town.
The 35-year-old left League One side Northampton to join a Robins outfit still reeling from relegation in the summer.
Despite having spent most of the 21st century playing Premier League football, Taylor is still craving more success lower down the ladder.
And he feels Swindon, who were ninth in League Two ahead of the weekend, can give him the chance to do just that.
“We want to be successful this season and success would mean getting promoted,” explains the midfielder. “I like the fact that’s the aim – that’s the aim not just in the dressing room but publicly, too.
“Even at my age, I have that hunger for success in the game and that’s one of the main reasons I opted to join – I do believe we’re on the up. “I want to be successful and I want to get promoted. I’ve always been an ambitious player throughout my career. I’ve always tried to do what I can, no matter what age. “The brain doesn’t get any slower, even if the legs do. Having spent last year in League One, I understand the level and I want to get Swindon promoted there.”
The veteran, who is approaching 600 league appearances, bagged his first goal for his latest club in the Robins’ 2-0 victory over Forest Green Rovers last month.
It’s safe to say Taylor, who won the BBC’s Goal of the Month with a dipping, 40-yard volley for Portsmouth back in October 2005, has had a penchant for a long-range cracker in his time.
His bobbling effort at the New Lawn wouldn’t exactly make a career highlight reel but the left-footer claims any goal gives him the same delight, no matter the quality. The former Bolton and West Ham man said: “When I was younger, I was fearless and things were instinctive. “Sometimes, the less time you have on the ball, the better, because you only have one option and I’ve always been confident in my ability. When I get a sniff of goal, I will shoot. “I’ve been fortunate to score some good goals in my career but what I will say is that the one I scored against Forest Green gave me the same jubilation as any goal – it doesn’t change. “No matter how you score, they are all special. From my experience, your goals bring notoriety and people will associate me with long-range goals but I’ve got a few headers and right footers. "I’m off the mark now this season and if I can contribute some more for Swindon, that would be great.”
Swindon chairman Lee Power was a busy man this summer, shipping out 14 players and bringing in 12 as he overhauled a squad that slipped out of League One last term.
Former Pompey favourite Taylor has worked under a plethora of fine managers in his career – including Harry Redknapp, Sam Allardyce and Sean Dyche – but has been impressed with new Robins boss David Flitcroft so far.
“I’m approaching the end of my career and I look at things differently from when I was 18 or 19,” he added. “Back then I wouldn’t be looking at the way a manager works but now I do. I love the way he (Flitcroft) goes about his business and the level of detail he goes into, so that’s been a crucial factor.”
GOOD TIMES: Matt Taylor in his Premier League days OVERJOYED: Matt Taylor savours his goal for Swindon against Forest Green Rovers and, inset, celebrates