Neil Taylor (footballer)
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Taylor playing for Swansea City in 2011
|Full name||Neil John Taylor|
|Date of birth||7 February 1989|
|Place of birth||Ruthin, Wales|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Current club||Swansea City|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Taylor began his career at Manchester City, but left the club at the age of 15. He instead moved to Wrexham at the age of 16 progressing through the youth system at the club, signing a professional contract in July 2007. He broke into the first-team at Wrexham during the 2007–08 season when he made 27 league and cup appearances. He signed an extension to his contract in March 2008, keeping him at Wrexham until 2010.
At the end of the 2009–10 season, Taylor joined Football League Championship side Swansea City on a free transfer. A fee of £150,000 plus 10% of any future profit was agreed between the two clubs just before entering a professional footballers compensation committee tribunal on 30 September 2010. He made his Swans league debut coming on as a sub for Albert Serrán in the defeat at Norwich City. Taylor had played 15 league games, due to injuries and suspensions, before spraining his ankle against Reading on 1 January 2011. Taylor made his return more than a month later on 19 February against Doncaster Rovers the same week where both he and captain Garry Monk became fathers. On 12 May 2011, in the Football League Championship play-off semi-final first leg against Nottingham Forest, Taylor was sent off after 53 seconds for a high challenge on Forest's Lewis McGugan. The match ended in a 0-0 draw.
His impressive form then sparked a £1m-plus bid from Newcastle United that summer, but he committed himself to the Swans instead with a contract extension. That paid off for both player and club as Taylor again enjoyed a successful season in helping the Swans to 11th spot in their first Premier League campaign.
Taylor suffered a broken ankle in the game against Sunderland on September 1st 2012 after falling awkwardly during a challenge on Craig Gardner in the early stages of the game and was ruled out until the end of the season.
On 14 December 2012, Taylor signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract with Swansea, that will keep him until 2016. During his time on the sideline, Swansea City would win the League Cup Final after beating League Two side Bradford City. In late-February, Taylor is expected to play again within the next few weeks, according to First team coach Alan Curtis. Shortly after, Taylor soon returned in full training. In late-April, Manager Michael Laudrup says that Taylor is making his return in the first team. Taylor would then make his first appearance since being injured, in a 2-0 loss against Chelsea on 28 April 2013. Taylor would come on for Ben Davies, who has established himself as a regular in the first team to fill in the spot for Taylor during the season, in the 81st minutes. After the match, Taylor expressed relief at his return to the first team. Since his return, Manager Laudrup described Taylor and Davies as “a beautiful problem for a manager to have” on fighting over to win the left-back slot in the first team. It's not only club, but for country that they're fighting over.
Stuart Pearce named Taylor in his 18 man squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as one of three Swansea City players. He played his first game for Great Britain in a friendly against Brazil at the Riverside Stadium. He then went on to appear in all of the team's group stage fixtures helping to secure progression into the knockout stages of the Olympic Football tournament.
- As of 8 August 2013
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