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Yesterday, Kyle Lafferty was released by Norwich City but today, it is better news for a more recent ex-Claret Matt Taylor who will be staying with Northampton Town.

1516 burnley matt taylor 00 300x500A year ago, with Burnley’s promotion to the Premier League confirmed after winning the Football League Championship, Taylor was one of the players released by manager Sean Dyche.

With July coming towards an end, Taylor, was training at home and was looking for a club to help himself keep fit. Northampton were the club who made the offer with Taylor saying: “I phoned my old manager Sean Dyche, who I am very close to, from Burnley and Sean knows Rob (Page, the then Northampton manager).

“Obviously with my location, I live in Oxford, 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 like a good fit for me.” It went beyond training; just a few days later he’d been offered and signed a one year deal with the Cobblers which included an appearance clause which he could activate.

Page, who himself had just joined Northampton from Port Vale, was sacked in January with Justin Edinburgh replacing him. Even with the switch, there was never any doubt that Taylor would play enough games to activate the clause. He’s been first choice all season and has missed only three games, and those coming after he was sent off at Scunthorpe in October.

Taylor said yesterday on Twitter: “Really pleased to sign a contract extension for another 12 months. Thank you for the support this season & I’ve loved every minute.”

Now 35, Taylor is fast approaching his 600th league appearance, many of which came in the Premier League. However, his two years at Burnley wasn’t as successful as he might have hoped. He started and ended the 2014/15 Premier League season in the team but missed much of it through an achilles injury.

Last season he made only one start, that at Nottingham Forest where he scored the late equaliser, but there were also some very important cameo appearances as a substitute, none more so than those at Brighton and at home to Middlesbrough when his delivery of the ball led to Burnley securing late equalisers and important draws.

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