New signing looking forward to getting started with ReadingNew arrival Andrew Taylor explained that it was a straightforward decision to join the Royals on loan from Wigan Athletic once he learned that he was on the radar of manager Steve Clarke.
“I’m really pleased,” Taylor said after signing. “It all happened pretty quickly over the last couple of days, but now it’s all done I’m really looking forward to getting going and looking forward to the season.
“I found out on Tuesday morning that there was a bit of an interest – I just needed to sort a few things out with Wigan, and once I was made aware that there was an interest I was willing to jump at the chance. It was a simple decision – it’s a chance to be back in the Championship with a big club and a team that I believe will be pushing for the Premier League.
“It’s a beautiful stadium and I think any footballer would like to come here to play their home matches. Now I’ve got the opportunity, it’s something that I’m really looking forward to. The fact that it’s a season-long loan means that I can get stuck in, bring my family down and get settled, and hopefully have a successful season.
“As soon as I found out there was interest from Reading, there was no doubt that I wanted to come here. It was just a case of getting everything sorted and getting the green light, and here I am.
“On Monday I was still under the impression that I was preparing for Saturday’s game with Wigan, so I’ve had a full pre-season and I’ve been fit and played the games. So hopefully it won’t take too long for me to get into my stride here – I’m excited to get in and meet all the lads, and get my first session underway. Everything is gearing towards the big kick-off on Saturday, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
The former Middlesbrough and Cardiff full-back won promotion from the Championship with the Bluebirds in 2013, topping the division and helping the club to keep 18 clean-sheets in the process.
And now he is looking to add some extra value to the Reading team – both on the pitch and in the dressing room – to help the side have a positive and fruitful season.
“As a professional, everyone wants to be in the Premier League – that’s the place to be,” he continued. “We all know that the Championship is a really, really tough division to get out of and there’s genuinely 10 to 12 teams that realistically think they have got a chance to get promoted – we’re certainly one of them.
“I’d like to think that I bring quite a bit of experience with me. I’m 29 years old – I’m not too old, but in terms of what I’ve experienced on the field, I hope I can add that to the squad. In terms of my quality, whatever I can add to the team will be brilliant. I hope that my experience of getting out of the division will help.
“It’s a strong squad here on paper, and you’d like to think we have a great chance. If you add bits of experience and little bits of quality to add competition in certain areas, and you never know where you can end up.”