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Villa Keeper Happy To Be Playing

Stuart Taylor says he is ignoring rumours that Villa are after a new goalkeeper and is up for the challenge of deputising for Thomas Sorensen who is out of action for up to four weeks with a hamstring injury.

The former Arsenal man, who will be between the posts in a friendly against Stoke tonight and against Inter Milan on Saturday, told the official site:

'I've got the advantage of getting a few more games to get myself sharper. Pre-season games are all about getting your fitness and sharpness back, so as much as you want to do unbelievably well, it's hard to be at your very best because it's early days. We've certainly got our miles in this pre-season - but it was nice to go out to different places. It makes a change from playing the usual.'

And on the reports of imminent transfer activity bringing in a new goalkeeper he says: 'It doesn't affect me- talk is one of those things that happen in football. If there's money at a club, then you're always going to get linked to players. Until I see anyone at the training ground I take it with a pinch of salt because it's not worth worrying about. I just go into training and plug away every day- that's all I can do.'

Taylor himself was linked with a move earlier this summer, with one report inaccurately claiming he had actually joined Championship outfit Cardiff City.

He was strongly linked with Cardiff this summer but says he knew nothing of the rumour. 'I'm 27 in November and it's my aim to play, but it doesn't always work out like that - clubs have got to want you and you have got to want to go there as well.'

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday August 1 2007
Time: 10:33AM


Can't see Taylor being anything other than a backup keeper for any team i nthe prem, he just doesn't look like he cuts the mustard. We need to sign a keeper ASAP!
01/08/2007 11:08:00
DeanoVilla I agree, but most fans want aplayer from a team who think they are better than us (Bolton of course). Although a bid of 4m plus may seal that deal, I can't see Bolton releasing him until the end of August or January. If we had Europe maybe.
01/08/2007 14:10:00
I hear there's a quality keeper from Palace available and he wears pyjamas ;-)
01/08/2007 14:11:00
ST has the opportunity, now he has to take it. Either he or TS will soon be out the door, I have no doubt about that, Taylor needs to turn in the type of convincing showings over the next few weeks that makes any decision on a departure very difficult for MON to make.
01/08/2007 16:33:00
Can't believe he's nearly 27 now - time has flown past! Definetely worth having in the squad I believe, there aren't many better No.2's in the Premiership in my opinion.
02/08/2007 15:57:00
Agree Tierney. He's never enjoyed the opportunity to have an extended run in the side. We might be surprised in that it's Taylor who remains at B6, while Tommy S moves on to pastures new. If, and its a big if, if a new keeper does come in that is.
02/08/2007 23:31:00
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