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Blackburn Rovers new boy Chris Taylor backs top-flight push

Lancashire Telegraph: Chris Taylor Chris Taylor

CHRIS Taylor believes he has reached a ‘massive moment’ in his football career – as he bids to secure a regular place at Blackburn Rovers and realise his Premier League dream.

Taylor has linked up with Rovers for pre-season training after agreeing to join the club on a Bosman free transfer from Millwall in May.

The 26-year-old midfielder, who spent the early years of his career in League One, has joined Rovers with a real ambition to reach the top flight for the first time in his career.

But first he knows he must win a place in the side – and given the size of the Rovers squad he knows that will be no easy feat.

“I’m under no illusions how difficult it is going to be,” said Taylor, who has signed a two-year deal with the club.

“I’m prepared to bide my time if that’s what I have to do, but also of course I’m hoping to be involved from the start of the season.

“It is a big squad and there will be a lot of people disappointed not to play.

“This is a massive moment in my career now. I’m coming to a good age and hopefully I can be a Blackburn Rovers player for a long time.

“I’m delighted to be playing in the Championship for Blackburn and it would be an absolute dream to play in the Premier League with them. That is a massive ambition for me.

“I truly believe that with the players we have here we can give it a real shot. Blackburn is a club that is used to being in the Premier League and I believe it’s where the club should be.”

Rovers linked up for pre-season training last Thursday but Taylor arrived at Brockhall early to do some extra fitness work after missing the end of last season with a groin injury.

He hopes his versatility could be an asset and says he had no concerns about joining Rovers despite the upheaval at the club before Gary Bowyer’s appointment.

“That didn’t put me off at all to be honest, it never came into my mind, I just looked at the size of the club,” said Taylor, who played in Millwall’s FA Cup quarter final win at Rovers in March.

“I was speaking to Millwall and another Championship club, and I was umming and ahhing between the two.

“But as soon as I heard that Blackburn were interested my mind was made up, just because of the history of the club and the size of the club. From playing against them twice last season, the stadium is unbelievable.

“The manager did a really good job at the end of last season and I spoke to a few people who said really good things about him.

“I can play on either side, in a three in midfield or just behind a striker so I’m really happy to play wherever the manager wants me to play.”

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10:40am Wed 3 Jul 13

Fortyfourer says...

Sounds positive - just what we have been short of. Good luck.
Sounds positive - just what we have been short of. Good luck. Fortyfourer
  • Score: 11

10:48am Wed 3 Jul 13

kfc yummy says...

Takes more than positivity to get out of this league, takes more than Blackburn or Burnley have got.
Takes more than positivity to get out of this league, takes more than Blackburn or Burnley have got. kfc yummy
  • Score: -21

10:50am Wed 3 Jul 13

Hovis1945 says...

Crikey a footballer who has feet on the floor (pun inteneded) and using his braind. It's got to be good.
Crikey a footballer who has feet on the floor (pun inteneded) and using his braind. It's got to be good. Hovis1945
  • Score: 3

11:05am Wed 3 Jul 13

Lionsroar says...

Good luck getting more than half a season out of him.
Good luck getting more than half a season out of him. Lionsroar
  • Score: -13

11:12am Wed 3 Jul 13

paolowhite says...

kfc yummy wrote:
Takes more than positivity to get out of this league, takes more than Blackburn or Burnley have got.
I think your right... hopefully we can go up ut realistically i think will struggle, Chris Taylor and the other signings are very average additions to a squad that wasnt good enough last season.. I think a play off push at best for Rovers.. Like to se us up and hopefully i will be surprised
[quote][p][bold]kfc yummy[/bold] wrote: Takes more than positivity to get out of this league, takes more than Blackburn or Burnley have got.[/p][/quote]I think your right... hopefully we can go up ut realistically i think will struggle, Chris Taylor and the other signings are very average additions to a squad that wasnt good enough last season.. I think a play off push at best for Rovers.. Like to se us up and hopefully i will be surprised paolowhite
  • Score: -12

11:22am Wed 3 Jul 13

A Darener says...

Given the right coaching any average player can improve. With GB, Craig Short and GB's fellow coaches I feel that they can bring the best out of the team. Get the confidence high pre season and watch them go.
Given the right coaching any average player can improve. With GB, Craig Short and GB's fellow coaches I feel that they can bring the best out of the team. Get the confidence high pre season and watch them go. A Darener
  • Score: 11

11:27am Wed 3 Jul 13

MatthewCA says...

Good to listen the positive comments, be a good player and support the striker to get the first goal.

Good Luck.
Good to listen the positive comments, be a good player and support the striker to get the first goal. Good Luck. MatthewCA
  • Score: 7

11:37am Wed 3 Jul 13

Dukes says...

Good Luck Chris hope its goes to plan for you.
Good Luck Chris hope its goes to plan for you. Dukes
  • Score: 4

11:41am Wed 3 Jul 13

Dan11 says...

He needs to be available and play more than 17 games this season, to be valuable addition. I notice injuries hinderred 09/10 season at Oldham and hope he has recovered fully from that, even though he went to have a good 10/11 season there.
He needs to be available and play more than 17 games this season, to be valuable addition. I notice injuries hinderred 09/10 season at Oldham and hope he has recovered fully from that, even though he went to have a good 10/11 season there. Dan11
  • Score: 1

12:15pm Wed 3 Jul 13

crankitup says...

good luck fella...hope you play as good as you talk...personally i don't think we have a prayer of going up, but believe me when i say i hope i'm wrong.

there has been some good things happening down at Ewood but we are nothing but a shadow of the Rovers we were and i think we have a long way to go before we're challenging to go up.
like i say....i hope i'm wrong!

C'mon Rovers
good luck fella...hope you play as good as you talk...personally i don't think we have a prayer of going up, but believe me when i say i hope i'm wrong. there has been some good things happening down at Ewood but we are nothing but a shadow of the Rovers we were and i think we have a long way to go before we're challenging to go up. like i say....i hope i'm wrong! C'mon Rovers crankitup
  • Score: 6

12:48pm Wed 3 Jul 13

SouthernRover80 says...

I'm looking forward to seeing Chris Taylor play. When we played Millwall in the cup, he destroyed our right flank. I wish him an eventful, injury free season.
I'm looking forward to seeing Chris Taylor play. When we played Millwall in the cup, he destroyed our right flank. I wish him an eventful, injury free season. SouthernRover80
  • Score: 4

1:39pm Wed 3 Jul 13

jack01 says...

Nobody gave Hull or Palace a chance of promotion last season and look how that ended up. Nobody gave Burnley and Blackpool a chance when they did it.

I'm sick of all the negativity. Yes we had a poor season last year. We had 5 managers, an unbalanced squad and a pre-season under Steve Kean. It doesn't matter how good individual players are, if that kind of turmoil exists you could be Barcelona and you woudnt win anything.

This season we have as good a chance as anyone else of getting promotion. QPR are like we were last season, a massive squad of players on big wages, most of whom don't have a clue what the Championship takes. Granted they have a slightly better manager than we had. Do you think the likes of Bolton, Leicester and Forest sit around moping and rubbishing our chances at this early stage?

All this division takes is a clued up manager and a squad that knows the divison. Hopefully we are starting to see that.

Strikes me that some Rovers supporters would be quite happy for mediocrity. I wouldn't. We need to use the parachute payments to our advantage and get back up immediately before we start to stick in the division like other clubs have.
Nobody gave Hull or Palace a chance of promotion last season and look how that ended up. Nobody gave Burnley and Blackpool a chance when they did it. I'm sick of all the negativity. Yes we had a poor season last year. We had 5 managers, an unbalanced squad and a pre-season under Steve Kean. It doesn't matter how good individual players are, if that kind of turmoil exists you could be Barcelona and you woudnt win anything. This season we have as good a chance as anyone else of getting promotion. QPR are like we were last season, a massive squad of players on big wages, most of whom don't have a clue what the Championship takes. Granted they have a slightly better manager than we had. Do you think the likes of Bolton, Leicester and Forest sit around moping and rubbishing our chances at this early stage? All this division takes is a clued up manager and a squad that knows the divison. Hopefully we are starting to see that. Strikes me that some Rovers supporters would be quite happy for mediocrity. I wouldn't. We need to use the parachute payments to our advantage and get back up immediately before we start to stick in the division like other clubs have. jack01
  • Score: 11

2:26pm Wed 3 Jul 13

razwoods78 says...

jack01 wrote:
Nobody gave Hull or Palace a chance of promotion last season and look how that ended up. Nobody gave Burnley and Blackpool a chance when they did it. I'm sick of all the negativity. Yes we had a poor season last year. We had 5 managers, an unbalanced squad and a pre-season under Steve Kean. It doesn't matter how good individual players are, if that kind of turmoil exists you could be Barcelona and you woudnt win anything. This season we have as good a chance as anyone else of getting promotion. QPR are like we were last season, a massive squad of players on big wages, most of whom don't have a clue what the Championship takes. Granted they have a slightly better manager than we had. Do you think the likes of Bolton, Leicester and Forest sit around moping and rubbishing our chances at this early stage? All this division takes is a clued up manager and a squad that knows the divison. Hopefully we are starting to see that. Strikes me that some Rovers supporters would be quite happy for mediocrity. I wouldn't. We need to use the parachute payments to our advantage and get back up immediately before we start to stick in the division like other clubs have.
Well said sir! fantastic post.No reason why we shouldnt be challenging. Best striker in the league, arguably the best centre back pairing, promising young keeper, common sense and honest hard working people gradually returning to the club and a quality new Nike shirt for the players to play for!! Bring on the new season ..........
[quote][p][bold]jack01[/bold] wrote: Nobody gave Hull or Palace a chance of promotion last season and look how that ended up. Nobody gave Burnley and Blackpool a chance when they did it. I'm sick of all the negativity. Yes we had a poor season last year. We had 5 managers, an unbalanced squad and a pre-season under Steve Kean. It doesn't matter how good individual players are, if that kind of turmoil exists you could be Barcelona and you woudnt win anything. This season we have as good a chance as anyone else of getting promotion. QPR are like we were last season, a massive squad of players on big wages, most of whom don't have a clue what the Championship takes. Granted they have a slightly better manager than we had. Do you think the likes of Bolton, Leicester and Forest sit around moping and rubbishing our chances at this early stage? All this division takes is a clued up manager and a squad that knows the divison. Hopefully we are starting to see that. Strikes me that some Rovers supporters would be quite happy for mediocrity. I wouldn't. We need to use the parachute payments to our advantage and get back up immediately before we start to stick in the division like other clubs have.[/p][/quote]Well said sir! fantastic post.No reason why we shouldnt be challenging. Best striker in the league, arguably the best centre back pairing, promising young keeper, common sense and honest hard working people gradually returning to the club and a quality new Nike shirt for the players to play for!! Bring on the new season .......... razwoods78
  • Score: 9

2:59pm Wed 3 Jul 13

A Rover 45 years and over says...

I don't think it is being negative to point out whilst we have a lot of players that we are a couple of area's that we are short on at the moment for the big push for promotion. We don't have a good target man up front, don't have a good fit creative midfield player with lots of class that can turn games round on a regular basis. If these positions are adequately filled we may have a chance of promotion as lots of good things are happening at the Club under GB. We also need to keep the most useful players and not cash in on them. Otherwise we will have as good of a chance as anybody else.
I don't think it is being negative to point out whilst we have a lot of players that we are a couple of area's that we are short on at the moment for the big push for promotion. We don't have a good target man up front, don't have a good fit creative midfield player with lots of class that can turn games round on a regular basis. If these positions are adequately filled we may have a chance of promotion as lots of good things are happening at the Club under GB. We also need to keep the most useful players and not cash in on them. Otherwise we will have as good of a chance as anybody else. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 0

3:59pm Wed 3 Jul 13

Road Runner Road Runner says...

razwoods78 wrote:
jack01 wrote:
Nobody gave Hull or Palace a chance of promotion last season and look how that ended up. Nobody gave Burnley and Blackpool a chance when they did it. I'm sick of all the negativity. Yes we had a poor season last year. We had 5 managers, an unbalanced squad and a pre-season under Steve Kean. It doesn't matter how good individual players are, if that kind of turmoil exists you could be Barcelona and you woudnt win anything. This season we have as good a chance as anyone else of getting promotion. QPR are like we were last season, a massive squad of players on big wages, most of whom don't have a clue what the Championship takes. Granted they have a slightly better manager than we had. Do you think the likes of Bolton, Leicester and Forest sit around moping and rubbishing our chances at this early stage? All this division takes is a clued up manager and a squad that knows the divison. Hopefully we are starting to see that. Strikes me that some Rovers supporters would be quite happy for mediocrity. I wouldn't. We need to use the parachute payments to our advantage and get back up immediately before we start to stick in the division like other clubs have.
Well said sir! fantastic post.No reason why we shouldnt be challenging. Best striker in the league, arguably the best centre back pairing, promising young keeper, common sense and honest hard working people gradually returning to the club and a quality new Nike shirt for the players to play for!! Bring on the new season ..........
Aye, a grand post of pragmatism.

Move forward or die stood still.

The war is over.

Good footballing folk are now at the helm of the good ship Ewood something we have yearned for for many a year. Our success will be earned and measured by these folk. Let them get on with it with the backing of the Ewood faithful that I know exists.

Just a thought, folks ?

So it goes.

Arte et labore
[quote][p][bold]razwoods78[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jack01[/bold] wrote: Nobody gave Hull or Palace a chance of promotion last season and look how that ended up. Nobody gave Burnley and Blackpool a chance when they did it. I'm sick of all the negativity. Yes we had a poor season last year. We had 5 managers, an unbalanced squad and a pre-season under Steve Kean. It doesn't matter how good individual players are, if that kind of turmoil exists you could be Barcelona and you woudnt win anything. This season we have as good a chance as anyone else of getting promotion. QPR are like we were last season, a massive squad of players on big wages, most of whom don't have a clue what the Championship takes. Granted they have a slightly better manager than we had. Do you think the likes of Bolton, Leicester and Forest sit around moping and rubbishing our chances at this early stage? All this division takes is a clued up manager and a squad that knows the divison. Hopefully we are starting to see that. Strikes me that some Rovers supporters would be quite happy for mediocrity. I wouldn't. We need to use the parachute payments to our advantage and get back up immediately before we start to stick in the division like other clubs have.[/p][/quote]Well said sir! fantastic post.No reason why we shouldnt be challenging. Best striker in the league, arguably the best centre back pairing, promising young keeper, common sense and honest hard working people gradually returning to the club and a quality new Nike shirt for the players to play for!! Bring on the new season ..........[/p][/quote]Aye, a grand post of pragmatism. Move forward or die stood still. The war is over. Good footballing folk are now at the helm of the good ship Ewood something we have yearned for for many a year. Our success will be earned and measured by these folk. Let them get on with it with the backing of the Ewood faithful that I know exists. Just a thought, folks ? So it goes. Arte et labore Road Runner Road Runner
  • Score: 1

8:40pm Wed 3 Jul 13

Angry From Accrington says...

A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
I don't think it is being negative to point out whilst we have a lot of players that we are a couple of area's that we are short on at the moment for the big push for promotion. We don't have a good target man up front, don't have a good fit creative midfield player with lots of class that can turn games round on a regular basis. If these positions are adequately filled we may have a chance of promotion as lots of good things are happening at the Club under GB. We also need to keep the most useful players and not cash in on them. Otherwise we will have as good of a chance as anybody else.
Sounds pretty negative to me! Did you stop going to games after the 1960 cup final?
[quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: I don't think it is being negative to point out whilst we have a lot of players that we are a couple of area's that we are short on at the moment for the big push for promotion. We don't have a good target man up front, don't have a good fit creative midfield player with lots of class that can turn games round on a regular basis. If these positions are adequately filled we may have a chance of promotion as lots of good things are happening at the Club under GB. We also need to keep the most useful players and not cash in on them. Otherwise we will have as good of a chance as anybody else.[/p][/quote]Sounds pretty negative to me! Did you stop going to games after the 1960 cup final? Angry From Accrington
  • Score: 0

11:02pm Wed 3 Jul 13

krish brfc says...

all the best to my rovers like every new season i wish them all the best and hope that we can get promoted to the epl next season.positive only.
all the best to my rovers like every new season i wish them all the best and hope that we can get promoted to the epl next season.positive only. krish brfc
  • Score: 1

8:52am Thu 4 Jul 13

xsblue says...

paolowhite wrote:
kfc yummy wrote:
Takes more than positivity to get out of this league, takes more than Blackburn or Burnley have got.
I think your right... hopefully we can go up ut realistically i think will struggle, Chris Taylor and the other signings are very average additions to a squad that wasnt good enough last season.. I think a play off push at best for Rovers.. Like to se us up and hopefully i will be surprised
pesamists come on you blues
[quote][p][bold]paolowhite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kfc yummy[/bold] wrote: Takes more than positivity to get out of this league, takes more than Blackburn or Burnley have got.[/p][/quote]I think your right... hopefully we can go up ut realistically i think will struggle, Chris Taylor and the other signings are very average additions to a squad that wasnt good enough last season.. I think a play off push at best for Rovers.. Like to se us up and hopefully i will be surprised[/p][/quote]pesamists come on you blues xsblue
  • Score: 1

10:57am Thu 4 Jul 13

noddy57 says...

Fortyfourer wrote:
Sounds positive - just what we have been short of. Good luck.
talk is cheap,,,lets hope its not the kiss of death,,,
[quote][p][bold]Fortyfourer[/bold] wrote: Sounds positive - just what we have been short of. Good luck.[/p][/quote]talk is cheap,,,lets hope its not the kiss of death,,, noddy57
  • Score: 0

11:37am Thu 4 Jul 13

GeoRam says...

Love some of the lads quotes:
Re the isues with Venkys - 'That didn’t put me off at all to be honest, it never came into my mind, I just looked at the size of the club' (for club, read salary)
“I’m prepared to bide my time if that’s what I have to do' - he really means:
'I'm being paid enough to hide in this huge squad that the club can't really afford, so I'll keep picking up the pay checks, thanks'
And to cap it off:
'the stadium is unbelievable'

Blinding.
Love some of the lads quotes: Re the isues with Venkys - 'That didn’t put me off at all to be honest, it never came into my mind, I just looked at the size of the club' (for club, read salary) “I’m prepared to bide my time if that’s what I have to do' - he really means: 'I'm being paid enough to hide in this huge squad that the club can't really afford, so I'll keep picking up the pay checks, thanks' And to cap it off: 'the stadium is unbelievable' Blinding. GeoRam
  • Score: 1

6:15pm Thu 4 Jul 13

andy1979 says...

kfc yummy wrote:
Takes more than positivity to get out of this league, takes more than Blackburn or Burnley have got.
do not even dare to say burnley are in the same bracket as blackburn you moron, the gap in quality between the 2 clubs is huge, burnley being the **** team of course my inbred jobless old pal
[quote][p][bold]kfc yummy[/bold] wrote: Takes more than positivity to get out of this league, takes more than Blackburn or Burnley have got.[/p][/quote]do not even dare to say burnley are in the same bracket as blackburn you moron, the gap in quality between the 2 clubs is huge, burnley being the **** team of course my inbred jobless old pal andy1979
  • Score: -1

11:14am Fri 5 Jul 13

GeoRam says...

Has anyone else noticed the lad appears to be wearing a sports bra?
Has anyone else noticed the lad appears to be wearing a sports bra? GeoRam
  • Score: 0

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