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He’s Back! Taylor Returns

Fans’ Favourite Returns As Player-Coach

6 June 2018

Club News

He’s Back! Taylor Returns

Fans’ Favourite Returns As Player-Coach

6 June 2018

Swindon Town are thrilled to announce that Matty Taylor has agreed a new deal to remain with the club as player/coach.

The 2017/18 Player of the Year has put pen to paper on a new twelve month contract, an arrangement that will see the 36-year-old combine his playing duties with a coaching role.

Taylor enjoyed a fine 17/18 season, racking up seven goals and twelve assists on his way to cleaning up at the end of season awards dinner.

Last term also saw Taylor cut his teeth in coaching after taking tempoary charge of first-team affairs in March, before assisting Phil Brown as a coach for the final ten games of the season. 

Taylor, who is a hugely popular figure at the club, will now look to make a difference both on and off the field in 2018/19, and the defender revealed that it was an easy decision to pledge his future to the club.

”I’m really happy,” he told exclusively. 

“I had some really good conversations with Phil Brown and I’m really looking forward to getting going. 

“It will be a similar role to the one I held for the last ten weeks of the season.

”Neil (McDonald) is coming in as well and I worked with Neil for three years at West Ham, so I know we are getting a very good coach in Neil as Assistant Manager and I also have a relationship with him from previously, so I’m really excited to work with both the manager and Neil next season. 

“If I can take some part of sessions then I will do and I’ll also be available for selection on a Saturday.

”It is a great opportunity for me to learn and there is a lot to learn off both the manager and Neil. They both have vast experience in the game and most people know that this is an avenue I would like to take a foray down in the future. 

“I’m just really grateful for the opportunity and I’m thrilled to be here.” 

Taylor also stressed that he is fully committed to the playing side of his role and he once again revealed that it was a no-brainier to return to SN1.

“I still get to do what I love and what I must stress is that this role detracts nothing from the playing side for me,” he added. 

“I really loved my time here at Swindon last season and I had a couple of other offers but they were not right for me or for the family. 

“It was an easy decision. 

“I’ve had such a good time over the last twelve months and been made to feel welcome by everybody at the football club and, more importantly, all of the fans. 

“Hopefully next season will be another successful one for me personally and, hopefully, a more successful one for us as a team.” 

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