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First Words | Matty Taylor

2 February 2023

Club News

First Words | Matty Taylor

2 February 2023

It was a deadline day move for Matty Taylor who joined the Valiants until the end of the season on loan from fellow League One side, Oxford United. We sat down with our latest recruit on his first day at Vale Park.

  • Matty Taylor joins us until the end of the season.
  • The Striker has scored 168 goals across his career 
  • "I'm looking forward to getting out there and getting started".

"It's been a  few busy hours but I’m happy to be here" Taylor said. "I can’t wait to meet the rest of the lads, I've met a few of them this morning and can’t wait to get going and get on the pitch" 

This will be the second time the midfielder has worked with Darrell Clarke having spent two and a half seasons with him at Bristol Rovers, which included back-to-back promotions from the conference. 

Talking about rejoining with Clarke, he said: "I’ve known the gaffer years, and I had my most prolific spell under him, so he knows how to get the best out of me." 

It's not just the manager Matty is reconnecting with, the midfielder has a great relationship on and off the pitch with Ellis Harrison.

"I speak to Ellis nearly every day and we always have a bit of banter. We’ve always wanted to play together again at some stage and it’s finally worked out. He’s delighted, I’m delighted and it’ll be good to see him in person instead of Facetime, so hopefully we can get him out of the treatment room and get him on the pitch!"

Taylor will also be joining fellow U's Loanee, Jack Stevens at Vale Park "I’ve been speaking to Jack since he’s been here, we used to share lifts to the training ground and he lives just around the corner from me in Oxford. He speaks highly of the club and how well they have been getting on in the dressing room."

When asked about what he can bring to the team, the 32-year-old said: "Hopefully goals! I know how the gaffer plays and with seeing the boys play first hand I know there will be plenty of crosses and balls in the box and I’ll just attack the crosses, hopefully getting chances and back myself to putting them away so fingers crossed I can get off to a good start." 

And finally on the fans our new man said: "I have played Port Vale previously they [fans] were making good noise and getting behind the team. With the successes of last season and how well they were doing in the league and into this year I just want to get started and see what the rest of the season brings."

You can watch and listen to the full interview on our YouTube channel. 

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