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Matt Taylor still has a future at Bradford City
Matt Taylor – pictured tussling with former City trainee Emile Sinclair – impressed on his Colchester debut against Crawley
Phil Parkinson has assured Matt Taylor: You are still in my plans at Valley Parade.
Summer signing Taylor has been loaned out for a month to Colchester and played for them against Crawley last week.
The former Charlton centre half joined City on the eve of the season but has been limited to two cup outings and a late sub appearance in the league.
But Parkinson insists the short-term switch to the injury-hit U’s is nothing more than a chance for Taylor to gain much-needed match practice, with City getting a player back “in better condition” than when he left.
The Bantams boss said: “It was quite funny because when I made the call to play Olly before him, I was going to have a chat with Matt about the possibility of going out somewhere to get some football.
“I got a call from Colchester while we were on the coach down to Gillingham. We talked about it between us and Matt agreed it was a good opportunity for him.
“He needs to play after missing games in pre-season. He trained elsewhere (with Port Vale) but didn’t get the matches.
“Matt’s a good player and we’ve brought him in to compete for a place. But the centre halves have done well and Olly has really progressed.
“One week we were looking to loan Olly out but then he really kicked on in training and has looked sharp and that has afforded us the luxury of letting Matt go out.
“Who knows, when he comes back we might let someone else do that. Players do come back to you in better condition.”
The move happened so quickly that Taylor rejoined City’s team bus after playing for Colchester to travel back north for some clothes.
Taylor admitted: “It’s strange how things work out but any footballer will tell you that you want to be playing – not sat in the stands watching.
“I enjoyed the game but was a bit leggy towards the end. It takes a bit of getting used to but that will come in the weeks ahead.”
Taylor played the full 1-1 draw and won praise from boss Joe Dunne, who is already hinting that he would be keen to keep hold of him.
Parkinson added: “I spoke to Joe on Sunday and he was really complimentary about Matt. He had a good debut and played really well for 90 minutes.
“But I’m not surprised. He’s an experienced centre half who reads the game well.”
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