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Yates convinced me this is the place to be says Taylor

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

ENFORCER: New recruit Jason Taylor in action for former club Rotherham against Exeter earlier this season and, right, in his training kit before his first Robins training session this week

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NO-NONSENSE Jason Taylor believes he can provide the missing piece to Cheltenham Town's midfield jigsaw.

The 26-year-old arrived on a two-and-a-half year deal from Rotherham United on Monday and he is set to make his Robins debut in Saturday's home match against Torquay United (3pm).

Described by boss Mark Yates as "the one we've been missing", the imposing Taylor is an uncomplicated player, who likes to win the ball and give it to the more creative talents in the side.

The 6ft 1in enforcer turned down offers from several other clubs to make the switch to promotion-chasing Cheltenham, saying he was impressed with the way Yates sold the club to him.

"I am very happy to be here and as soon as I knew the manager wanted me and I met with him, it was a no-brainer," Taylor said.

"I was told I wasn't wanted at Rotherham any more so it was in my best interests to leave as soon as possible. I have played the last 15 or so games on the spin, so I am fully fit and ready to go here.

"Cheltenham is a club moving in the right direction and I think the gaffer liked my hunger to succeed."

Taylor has enjoyed promotion success from League Two with both Rochdale, automatically, and via the play-offs with Stockport County.

He has moved south in order to make it a hat-trick.

"I can bring that experience of a couple of promotions and I know we need to kick on and that will be our goal here between now and the end of the season," Taylor said.

"Consistency is the main thing and if you get a run going and don't concede too many you have a great chance of going up."

Taylor will face competition from Russ Penn, Marlon Pack, Darren Carter and Sam Deering for a starting place, but he said he would relish the challenge posed by one of the strongest areas of Yates' squad.

"When I first signed I asked the gaffer about our midfielders and I know there will be good competition, but that bodes well for the club," Taylor said.

"I think I am a good organiser, who likes to keep things simple and break up play.

"I will give it to the ones who can play and let the ball-players do their thing."

Taylor, whose boyhood idol was Manchester United and Ireland star Roy Keane, plans to relocate to the Cheltenham area after sealing his move away from the Millers.

On his controversial boss at Rotherham Steve Evans, Taylor said: "He's not everyone's cup of tea, but he is what he is."

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