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Matt Delighted To Remain A Claret

4 July 2014

Matt Taylor admitted he had no hesitation in making the move north from West Ham to join Burnley’s Premier League adventure.

The versatile 32-year-old, who scored in the Hammers' Capital One Cup victory at Turf Moor last season, linked up with the Clarets after sealing a two-year deal following the end of his current contract with the Londoners.

And the former Bolton Wanderers wide man admitted he was relishing bringing a wealth of top flight experience and know-how to the Burnley camp.

He told Clarets Player: “There had been conversations earlier in the summer, but when I spoke to the manager here and had a good chat about his philosophy, it was a great move for me and I am happy to be here.

“I had three-and-a-half wonderful years at Bolton and I like this part of the country, so it was an easy decision to make. 

“The distance didn’t really come into it; it was a football decision and I am really happy that Sean has put his confidence in me.

“I hope I bring good experience. Playing in the Premier League is slightly different than playing in the Championship, but I am sure all the players here will relish it and will be a success. 

“From a personal point of view, obviously I want to contribute to the team and bring more than just experience by playing as well as I can when I’m given the shirt.

“More than anything, from a personal point of view, it’s fantastic as a footballer to pit yourself against some of the best footballers in the world, in what I believe is the best league in the world.

“It is physical, strong and technical, but I am sure that everyone here will be ready to go.

“We will all look to start the season well and have a successful campaign.”

Taylor, who has held down a number of positions in his career, having widely been described as a defender, winger and midfielder, added; “I can play in numerous positions.

“I finished the season last year playing 15 or 16 games for West Ham and I’ve played at right back, in midfield and sitting and pushing on. 

“Personally, I just want to be on the team sheet, but you have to earn that at any club you go to, so I will be working hard, as everybody will.

“Hopefully I can hold down a position in the team, but that will only come through hard work and earning the respect of the players here.”

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