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)|
|Playing position||Left back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2015.
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 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, with the match ending 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 1 September 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, lasting until 2016.
In late February, Taylor returned to full training after six months out with injury. Shortly before his return, Swansea City won the League Cup Final following a 5–0 win over League Two side Bradford City. In late April, he played 80 minutes for Swansea City U21s as part of his rehabilitation. Taylor made his first senior appearance since his injury as a substitute for Ben Davies in a 2–0 loss against Chelsea on 28 April 2013. After the match, he expressed relief at his return to the first team.
After Taylor's return, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup described the battle for the left-back slot between Taylor and Davies as “a beautiful problem for a manager to have”. Following the transfer of Davies to Tottenham Hotspur in 2014, Taylor reestablished himself as first choice left-back for Swansea. Taylor signed a new four year contract in June 2015, tying him to the club until 2019.
On 9 September 2014, in Wales' first match of UEFA Euro 2016 qualification, he gave away a penalty to Andorra in the fifth minute, converted by Cristian Martínez, but the Welsh fought back for a 2–1 victory.
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 match played 17 May 2015.
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- As of match played 12 June 2015.
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