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Moore excited for City's future

Taylor Moore could not hide his genuine happiness upon penning a new contract with Bristol City and highlighted a number of factors as to why this is the club for him.

Moore has signed a three-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months, becoming the third new contract announcement this week, following news of fellow young players Max O’Leary and Zak Vyner.

After signing from Lens in August 2016, Moore continued his development on loan at Bury, Cheltenham Town, Southend United and Blackpool, before booking his place in Dean Holden’s defence this season.

“I’m absolutely delighted and chuffed to get this over the line, finally.” Moore, 23, told Robins TV. “I’ve been on what feels a significant amount of loans and it’s good to still be part of this club and be with the club going forward.”

When asked about his reasons for remaining a Robin, Moore explained: “I think how big the club is. We know where this club is going and that’s only up. There’s stability with amazing owners (Steve and Maggie Lansdown), a very good CEO (Mark Ashton) a really good young manager (Holden) whose come in and been absolutely fantastic.

“There were a lot of factors but for me this is where I genuinely feel happy. I’ve never necessarily seen myself anywhere else and this is where I want to be. So, there’s an exciting few years at this club, we’re pushing for the promotion goal, there’s a new training round on its way and hopefully we can get the fans back in and make that Ashton Gate experience a little bit better than it is without them! Everything about this club is going in the right direction and I’m genuinely happy.”

After a period on loan with Bury in the 2016/17 season, Moore went on to enjoy loan spells with Cheltenham Town in League Two (2017/18), before Southend United (2018/19) and Blackpool (2019/20) in League One.

All of those had a significant impact on Moore’s development and he is grateful for the opportunities which have helped him become the player he is today.

“I think, not only from a football point of view, but from a human point of view because you learn a lot about yourself as well,” Moore said, discussing each of his four loans away from City.

“It’s not always been easy, but I’ve been very grateful to each club and every person I’ve come across and every experience because they teach you a lot about yourself more than anything else…and this is where I’ve always wanted to be. I’ve had that in mind in the past few years, I’ve worked hard to come back to Bristol City. Everyone knows what it means to me, so I’m delighted to sitting here today, getting this over the line and I’m looking forward to the next few years with this big club.”

He continued: “I’m definitely enjoying it. I think I’ve learnt a lot in the last few years. Last year was a really good introduction to the Championship. I played a significant amount of games and it was good to get in the mix of things, get a feel for it and I’ve come back now more confident in myself and I need to believe in myself and go out there and show it. It’s definitely some of the best football I’ve played but hopefully there is a lot more to come.”

Moore, who has played all but seven minutes of the Robins’ six games this season and helped keep four clean sheets, will be hoping to be selected for Saturday’s match Sky Bet Championship match against Nottingham Forest.

The match is exclusively available to watch on Robins TV with build-up from 2.30pm

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