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Taylor - Richards Is A "Very Good" Signing

Tails Full Of Praise For A Striker He Knows Well

17 January 2018

Matty Taylor certainly raised a smile when the news broke that Town had snapped up vastly experienced striker, Marc Richards on a free transfer earlier this week.

 - Taylor and Richards played together at Northampton in 2016/17.

 - Matty is of the opinion that Marc will bring leadership, goals and vast experience to Town.

 - Taylor also full of praise for the permanent capture of Keshi Anderson. 

Dave Flitcroft bolstered his strikeforce considerably with the addition of the 35-year-old, who has plundered 187 goals in over 600 appearances on his way to securing three promotions.

And, having played with him at Northampton last season, Taylor knows Richards pretty well and believes that Town have pulled off a real coup. 

"He'll bring a wealth of experience, especially at this level of football because he's been very successful with previous clubs," he told swindontownfc.co.uk.

"He's been promoted on three separate occasions so that would make you believe that he's used to being part of a successful group at this level.

"That will obviously help us and he's a leader on and off the pitch as well and you can never have too many of those.

"He'll give us a different option, he's very good in the air, he's a very good finisher and is up there with some of the best that I've played with at this level. He's a very good signing for us and one that adds to the group, not just in terms of his footballing ability but along with his character on and off the pitch."

Matty Taylor on Marc Richards

"What Marc will bring is the fact that he's used to success and he's used to being part of a successful team and a successful squad.

"I personally think that it is a very good signing.

"Marc was obviously surplus to requirements at Northampton and that is just the way football is, but he's in great shape and he's a really good guy as well.

"He'll give us a different option, he's very good in the air, he's a very good finisher and is up there with some of the best that I've played with at this level.

"He's a very good signing for us and one that adds to the group, not just in terms of his footballing ability but along with his character on and off the pitch."

And Taylor revealed that he had many a phone conversation with Marc prior to the frontman agreeing a switch to SN1.

"I spoke to Rico on several occasions whilst he was trying to organise everything and I only had good things to say," he added.

"I believe that he's come into a group of men that are, at this precise moment in time, in a very good run of form and we've got as good a opportunity as anyone else inside the top eight to get promoted.

"That's what he's come here for and I would suggest that he's probably said in his press that he's come here to be successful, in a similar bracket to myself.

"He's still got a drive to be successful and he'll be a really good addition to what is already a group of men that we've got here and that the manager has assembled.

"Keshi (Anderson) has signed so that is another positive for the football club and everything is looking positive."

Finally, Taylor believes that the additions of Ollie Banks and Marc Richards, along with the permanent signing of Keshi Anderson, is proof that Town aren't prepared to rest on their laurels this season as they continue to fight for promotion.

"Things haven't changed since I signed in the summer and it shows a statement of intent that we are not content with where we are in the league," Taylor said.

"The manager has been able to add to what was, in my opinion, a very good squad but being good on paper is irrelevant, we need to go and produce results on a Saturday.

"I'm glad that Keshi has signed on a permanent. Having played with him last season (at Northampton), he was on loan and I've never been on loan but I think for these young boys they need a permanent base.

"Keshi has got a manager who has got a lot of faith in him, as do his team-mates so it is a really good signing for the football club.

"He's at a good age too so there is obviously potential for him but there's potential for him at Swindon Town and potential for him to be a really big player for us in the future.

"He's had a good start in the first-half of the season so hopefully he'll kick on, add a few more goals and assists and continue to be an important member of the first-team squad."

*PICTURE COURTESY OF PETE NORTON AT NORTHAMPTON TOWN.


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