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Former Claret Matt Taylor has today left what is beginning to look like a relegation battle at Northampton Town for what could be a promotion chase at Swindon Town.

1516 burnley matt taylor 00 300x500Having been released by the Clarets at the end of the 2015/16 season, Taylor eventually signed a one year contract for Northampton and went on to play in every game last season other than when he was suspended.

But, after starting in the side on the opening day of the season, he’s been left out by manager Justin Edinburgh, who replaced Rob Page during last season, and that’s led to this move. Former Spurs full back Edinburgh said: “We fully understand Matt’s wish to play regular first team football and that’s not something we could guarantee. At this stage of his career, it is perfectly understandable that Matt wants to be playing as often as possible and with the additions we have made to the squad this summer it has probably changed things somewhat.”

It’s been a difficult start for Northampton who are still searching for their first point of the season having lost all three games and although Taylor has moved to a club a division lower it is a club who have made a good start and currently sit top of League Two with seven points from their opening three games.

On signing, Taylor said: “I know the manager (David Flitcroft) and I’m excited by the project of trying to get the team promoted out of this league and back into League One. I live locally so I know that the football club is well supported and it is another challenge for me that I’m really looking forward to and I’m really excited about it.”

Taylor was with the Clarets for two seasons between 2014 and 2016. He missed much of the 2014/15 Premier League season due to an achilles injury and only made one start in the following promotion season although he certainly played his part, particularly in the important draws at Brighton and at home against Middlesbrough when it was his set piece deliveries that led to our late equalisers.

Taylor, who signed a new deal at Northampton as recently as May, has signed a one year contract at Swindon.

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