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New boy Taylor happy to answer U's call
Loanee Matt Taylor admitted being delighted to answer a late mayday from Colchester United.
The defender agreed a month-long move on Friday and, 24 hours later, shone on his debut, in a 1-1 draw at home to Crawley.
He said the experience had been a whirlwind – but feels confident he is joining a club with plenty to look forward.
“It’s been a strange 24 hours,” said the 32-year-old, who had travelled south with his Bradford City team-mates for a match at Gillingham.
“The manager (former U’s boss Phil Parkinson) pulled me to one side and told me about the situation with injuries at Colchester.
“He asked if I’d like to come here and it’s a great opportunity to play some games, work on my fitness and do well for a great team.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me.
“I like the way Colchester play and all the Bradford lads said last week how impressed they were (after the sides’ 2-2 draw).
“There are some talented young players here and it’s a club with a lot to look forward to.
“It’s a good place to be.”
U’s boss Dunne was already on the look-out for cover as he only had two fit senior centre-halves in Magnus Okuonghae and Tom Eastman.
Taylor had been on his hit-list of five or six, but the search suddenly became urgent when Eastman suffered an ankle injury in training on Friday.
After a deal was struck, Colchester arranged for Taylor to be picked up from the M25 and brought to north Essex.
He then rejoined the Bradford coach after Saturday’s game, to return north, pick up some clothes and drive back in time for training today.
“It’s strange how things work out, but any footballer will tell you that you want to be out there playing – not sat in the stands watching,” said Taylor, who enjoyed promotion during a previous spell at Charlton.
“It’s been strange, not knowing names and never having trained with the lads.
“It takes a bit of getting used to, but that will come in the weeks ahead.”
“I enjoyed the game but was a bit leggy towards the end.
“We created some really good chances in the first half but weren’t able to kill them off.
“They came back into it and it was probably a fair result, as neither team created much in the second half.”
Taylor admitted being impressed with new central defensive team-mate Magnus Okuonghae.
“Magnus is a top player at this level and he has been for the past few years,” he said.
“He’s an absolute monster so it’s great to have someone like that alongside you.”
Taylor was not the only new arrival on Friday.
Dunne also signed 19-year-old defender Jamie Sendles-White on a 28-day deal from QPR.
The Northern Irish Under-21 international was an unused substitute on Saturday.
For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester's draw with Crawley, see Monday's Daily Gazette.
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