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City Switch 'Just Too Tempting' For Taylor

Matt Taylor admitted the chance to join City was too good to turn down after completing a deadline day switch from Bristol Rovers.

The prolific striker, who scored 67 goals in 132 appearances at the Memorial Stadium, has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Ashton Gate after City paid an undisclosed fee for his services.

The 26-year-old now has the opportunity to put his goalscoring prowess to the test in the Sky Bet Championship for the first time in his career.

“It was just too tempting for me,” Taylor told Bristol City Player HD in an exclusive first interview.

“I know the rivalry is fierce, but at the end of the day I’m a footballer and I’ve got to do what’s best for my career. This is what I felt was right and I’m glad I’m here now.

“I want to show my skills at a higher level. First things first we need to get a few wins on the board this season and get away from the relegation zone.

“But the dying ambition here is to get into the Premier League – that’s the main aim for me coming here.

“The Bristol City fans know the rivalry as well as I do, but fingers crossed I can repay them with a few goals.”

Released by Oxford United as a teenager, Taylor signed for Southern League South & West side North Leigh back in 2009, later joining Forest Green Rovers and then the blue half of Bristol in 2014.

“It was a long way off back then,” he recalled. “But goal by goal I’ve got a bit closer. I’m just over the moon to be in the Championship and to be here at Bristol City.

“It’s been an amazing few seasons. I’ve come from non-league to the Championship in two and a half years.

“Back-to-back promotions with Rovers was amazing and that success is something I want to replicate here.

“I’ll be cheering the boys on tonight and hopefully I can get out on the pitch sooner rather than later.”

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