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Matt Taylor, who was released by the Clarets in May after two years at Turf Moor, signed for newly promoted League One club Northampton Town yesterday and Matt was quick to thank Sean Dyche for helping him get a new deal.

Taylor was without a club and training at home to keep himself fit but wanted to get back to training with a club. He said: “I phoned my old manager Sean Dyche, who I am very close to, from Burnley and Sean knows Rob (Northampton manager Rob Page). Obviously with my location, I live in Oxford, that’s where my family is from, he came up with the idea . Then I spoke to Rob on the phone and to come in and train seemed a good fit for me.”

From there, Taylor has impressed Page to such an extent that within days he’d been offered and had signed a one year deal.

1516 burnley matt taylor 00 300x500“Matt his a big signing for us,” Page said. “He has attracted a high level of interest from some Championship clubs over the last couple of months, but with our good location for him we have been able to convince him to make the move to Sixfields.

“The chairman deserves a lot of praise for helping us get this deal done. We always said we would be patient this summer to get the right players in, and Matty gives us options and has a wonderful left foot. He trained with us last week and really lifted training and he watched the game on Saturday from the stands and he can’t wait to get going.

“He has proven quality, he is a winner, he gives us something different and he will fit in well with the other players we have at the club. I am also looking for him to bring some of the younger players on with his experience.”

Matt was a summer signing for the Clarets two years ago after our last promotion and was one of two new signings, alongside Lukas Jutkiewicz, when we kicked off the season against Chelsea. However, after three games he was ruled out for some months with an achilles injury that required surgery although on his return went straight back into the side with supporters probably remembering that penalty miss against Leicester.

Last season saw him start only one league game, that at Nottingham Forest where he scored our late equaliser, but there were certainly some memorable contributions from the bench including his free kick against Birmingham and the assists that provided vital goals towards the end of the season, particularly at Brighton and at home to Middlesbrough.

He’s one of the good guys to. By chance, I bumped into him and Stephen Ward after the win at Bolton and asked them if they could assure a win in the following game (against Blackburn at home). He promised, and we won, that’s good enough for me.

I still believe he would have been a key player for us in 2014/15 but for the injury and I’m certain he can and will be for Northampton in League One.

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