13 years on, Taylor's still working hard
Academy product Jake Taylor believes that Nigel Adkins’ faith in youth will give Royals youngsters a vital opportunity to shine.
The 21-year-old came off the bench at Turf Moor this past weekend, joining Jordan Obita in the Reading midfield – both of whom have been at the club since the age of eight.
“It’s nice to play a part in the season, hopefully I can get another chance,” said Taylor.
“It’s been said before it doesn’t matter how old you are, if you’re good enough the manager will give you a chance. He’s done it at his previous clubs and with me playing, Jordan playing a few times and Tish on the bench a few weeks ago it shows that he’s got faith in the youngsters.
“I’ve been here since eight, Jordan’s been here since eight – we have come through the youth team and played together quite a lot. It’s nice to see him doing well and playing with him today was a nice touch. I just want to play as many games as possible and impress people.”
Speaking after Saturday’s game, the manager was keen to emphasise that the Welsh under 21 international deserved his chance at first team level.
“He’s worked so, so hard on the training ground and for me he’s deserved the opportunity to be out there today. Every single day in training his attitude has been exemplary; maybe he hasn’t had the rub of the green over the last few years that he could have done, it’s something we have to look at as a football club. He’s a talented, talented football player. His opportunity arose today and because he keeps working so hard in every training session, if you keep doing that you give yourself an opportunity.”