New recruit Matt Taylor has revealed that the prospect of being part of a winning side was too good an opportunity to turn down.
The vastly experienced midfielder, who has a number of Premier League appearances under his belt, became Town’s twelfth signing of the summer today after joining on a free transfer from Northampton Town.
Having plied his trade for the likes of Portsmouth, West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers, Taylor has certainly been there and done it and he’s now relishing the challenge of adding a promotion with the Reds to his CV.
“I’m very excited to be here,” he told swindontownfc.co.uk exclusively.
“It all happened quite quickly so I’m really happy about that and I’m excited to get going.
“The opportunity to be part of something that has started very well and be successful this year was a big attraction for me.
“Having played in League Two before I know what the division is about and I’m really, really excited.
“I don’t live far from here either so that is obviously something else that interests me and has drawn me to the club because the older I get and the more my children grow up I want to be as much a part of their lives as possible.
“Whatever level of football you play at you have to be ambitious and the manager has made his thoughts very clear from the beginning of the season that he’s come here to try and achieve promotion with Swindon Town.
“I’ve bought into that and I’m really, really excited about it.
“I came to watch the game on Tuesday night against West Ham United and I was thoroughly impressed, so I’m really looking forward to it.
“Winning football games does breed confidence and I like the way the team went to Morecambe on Saturday and won 1-0 away from home - there is no better result than that and they scored a great goal as well.
“I understand I am going to have to work hard to get an opportunity in the team and when I do get that opportunity it is up to me to take it.”
Taylor is looking forward to working with Dave Flitcroft and he went on to outline what the gaffer expects from him.
“He wants me to try and help out the other players with my experience but, saying that, I have to focus on myself first and make sure I am doing things right,” he added.
“I need to make sure my training standards are high and I need to make sure that if I do get an opportunity then I take it.
“Whatever level of football you play at you have to be ambitious and the manager has made his thoughts very clear from the beginning of the season that he’s come here to try and achieve promotion with Swindon Town. I’ve bought into that and I’m really, really excited about it."
“From the conversations I’ve had with the gaffer he’s really happy with the group of players he’s assembled and managed to get into the football club with the help of the Chairman and the Chief Executive.
“I’ve still got a lot of hunger in my belly, as has the manager and we’re both ambitious so it is a great fit.”
Town now have back-to-back home games coming up and Taylor is looking forward to getting down to business with his new team.
“It is important to get the fans back in after a disappointing season last year and it is vitally important,” he continued.
“You can only do that by performing well and winning football matches and that’s what we’ve got to continue to do at this football club.”