Taylor eyes veteran ambition
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 32-year-old is on the verge of a £1.4 million move from Premiership rivals Fulham for next season, having been on loan all this term with the Midlands club.
The Northern Ireland international has flourished with Blues this term after losing the number one jersey at Loftus Road to Dutchman Edwin Van der Sar and has helped the St Andrews club to their present position of fifth in the table.
Taylor hopes he can follow in the footsteps of the likes of David Seaman and Peter Schmeichel and play into his late 30's or early 40's.
"The fee had already been agreed between the two clubs and as long as we stayed up, it was just down to me to sort something out," Taylor said.
"It is just personal terms but it is not a big deal. I'm happy to stay.
"It is such a short career in football that I want to play as long as I possibly can.
"I've been fortunate with injuries. I've only missed two games through injuries in my career.
"People like Peter Schmeichel and David Seaman have proved that you can carry on at the top level for a long, long time and it is certainly something I am hoping to achieve.
"I always had faith in my ability at the top level and to come to a place where you feel wanted is fantastic."
Meanwhile, Birmingham boss Steve Bruce is hoping midfielder Bryan Hughes will decide to stay after offering him a new contract.
Hughes's current deal expires in the summer but he has received what Bruce describes as 'a really decent offer' to remain at St Andrews.
The former Wrexham player was on the fringes of the first team earlier in the season - with Division One side Rotherham United wanting to take him on loan - but he has forced his way into the side over the past two months.
"Bryan has come into the side for the last 10 to 12 games and has reminded us of his ability," said Bruce.
"There is no person in this football club with more ability than Bryan Hughes. The rest is up to him.
"His contract is up at the end of the season and we've made him a really decent offer as far as I am concerned.
"I genuinely hope he decides to stay here."