Vet­eran mid­fielder Matt Tay­lor sets sights on Swin­don suc­cess

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Char­lie Peat

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.”

PIC­TURES: Swin­don Town

GOOD TIMES: Matt Tay­lor in his Premier League days OVER­JOYED: Matt Tay­lor savours his goal for Swin­don against For­est Green Rovers and, inset, cel­e­brates

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