Taylor looking to progress
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stuart Taylor claims he has moved to Aston Villa in order to further his career.Stuart Taylor claims he has moved on from Arsenal to Aston Villa in order to further his career.
The 24-year-old had slipped down the pecking order at Highbury in the last couple of seasons and he has headed out of North London in a bid to increase his chances of securing regular playing time.
Taylor passed a medical and signed on the dotted line late on Monday, with the keeper insisting his decision is motivated solely by his desire to play.
"This is all about career progression for me," he told Villa's official website. "Obviously I'm still young in goalkeeping terms, but I still want to push on and progress.
"It was no good for me to stay at Arsenal to sit around and do nothing."
Taylor admits it may be tough to dislodge Thomas Sorensen from the number one spot, but has vowed to work hard and keep the Dane on his toes.
"I've come to Aston Villa as the number two, but obviously I want to push for a place," he added. "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.
"This is a new start for me. I enjoyed my time at Arsenal, but it's time to move on. I've come to Aston Villa, another massive club with a big fan base. So this is a fresh start for me and I'm looking forward to it."
Taylor's departure has fuelled suggestions that Gunners chief Arsene Wenger could renew his interest in Rennes' highly rated Swedish keeper Andreas Isaksson.
Isaksson has made a lasting impression at Rennes and reports are suggesting he could be the man brought in to Highbury to challenge Jens Lehmann.