Ryan Taylor is a true journeyman footballer. Having plied his trade in almost all of England’s professional pyramid he is now a seasoned veteran of the game.
Taylor has had a mixed bag of fortune since being released by Newcastle United at the end of the 2014/2015 season but now as a true professional of the game he is now only looking forward with his new side.
“I’ve got until January to do well for myself but equally do well for the football club they took a chance at me coming to play and I want to do well,” says Taylor, speaking in a tiny press room- a far sight to what he was used to when he was playing in the Premier League.
He understands that only a short-term deal was signed at the beginning of this season but he is looking to do his best for the League One side who have raised a few eyebrows after making an excellent start to the season. The Valiants are looking to make an unlikely push for promotion.
“It’s always good to have an aim, think everyone’s ambitions is to stay in and around the play offs and the top six. If you do manage to get into the play offs it doesn’t matter where you finish you can go up. We could have a great end to the season.”
The versatile full-back turned utility man is only signed until January but his professionalism shines and it is evident that it is not only himself that he is playing for.
“If I was to leave here in January I’d want the club to be in the best possible position. If we can go any better than sixth come January, then I’ll feel like I’ve benefitted myself and the team.”
The former England under-21 man says he feels welcome at the League One side after having unsuccessful trials at Rotherham United and Wigan Athletic this summer.
“Yeah I feel fine, it’s always nice when you feel welcome, the staff made me feel really welcome and now I’m getting to know the players I know who’s who and I feel comfortable and feel like I’ve settled in well. I respect everyone here and feel everyone has a lot of respect for me. I feel I came in through the back door and settled in quite quickly.”
Charlton Athletic are without a manager but Taylor, who has made over 100 Premier League appearances, believes that this fixture could be a tricky one considering the position the South London side find themselves in.
“I think it could go either way, I’ve been in a dressing room where they has not been a manager and its strange feeling. It’s a case of when things are going bad who do you look to, it could go the opposite and the lads could pull together.”
Taylor admits that it will be hard without midfield talisman Anthony Grant as he has been the dominant force in the Valiants midfield this season but he believes the strength in depth that Vale have will come good.
“Granty is our leader in the team and knows the league inside out and he’ll be a big miss but I’m sure the lads who will come in will be desperate to play.”
Although the Burslem side’s form has been indifferent of late Taylor recognises how important every point is in this division could be a case of finishing in the holy grail that is the play-off position.
“Every point counts, it does. When we drew against Oxford and it’s a case of you’re only two points either way from the play offs. You do have to fight for points in this league.”