Villa land keeper Taylor
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stuart Taylor has opted to sever his ties with Arsenal in order to sign for Aston Villa.Stuart Taylor has opted to sever his ties with Arsenal in order to sign for Aston Villa.
Taylor climbed through the ranks at Highbury and took the first team jersey for a time in the 2002/2003 season, but was forced down the pecking order by Jens Lehmann and Manuel Almunia.
He was farmed out on loan to Leicester last term and with little prospect of regular football at Highbury in the future, the 24-year-old has opted to head for pastures new.
Villa chief David O'Leary wasted little time in pushing through a deal for a keeper he hopes will provide competition for Thomas Sorensen and Stefan Postma.
Taylor laid down a challenge to current Villa number one Thomas Sorensen, insisting he had not come to the Midlands to warm the bench in the manner he became accustomed to at Highbury.
"This is all about career progression for me. Obviously I'm still young in goalkeeping terms, but I still want to push on and progress," Taylor told the club's official website.
"It was no good for me to stay at Arsenal to sit around and do nothing. I've come to Aston Villa as the number two, but obviously I want to push for a place.
"My aim is to move on in my career and progress. That's why I'm here.
"Thomas is a great goalkeeper. I've seen him play and obviously he's a fantastic player.
"But it's up to me to push him all the way. I've just got to work hard in training and look to impress."