Taylor eager to remind football world of his talents

Ryan Taylor celebrates his goal against Mansfield. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ryan Taylor celebrates his goal against Mansfield. Picture: Joe Pepler

For some he’s a defender with Newcastle, armed with the penchant for scoring spectacular free-kicks.

Meanwhile, team-mates have already joked about him being Dave Kitson’s ‘brother’ – an obvious comparison also struck up by Pompey fans.

Yet this Ryan Taylor wants to remind the footballing world he is his own man. More importantly, that he still exists.

By the 25-year-old’s own admission, his injury-wrecked time at Bristol City has bundled him out of the spotlight.

Before the summer of 2011 switch to Ashton Gate, he was a regular partner-in-crime with Adam Le Fondre at Rotherham, the prolific pair recording 36 goals between them in the 2010-11 campaign.

Taylor’s tally of 12 was a career best and saw Keith Millen snap him up – only to score just twice over the next two-and-a-half years.

Still, the striker netted on his Pompey home debut in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Mansfield, impressing overall with his work-rate and physical presence.

And he’s hoping to carry on nudging people reminders that he continues to be around.

Taylor said: ‘People have definitely forgotten about me.

‘In my last year at Rotherham I scored a few goals so people start talking about you, then you go and sit on a bench for a couple of years (at Bristol City) and everyone forgets about you.

‘It’s hard to start building back up again but that’s the stage I am at now and can’t wait to do it.

‘I get it all the time about being the Newcastle Ryan Taylor, the Premier League one.

‘Before Oxford a few of the lads said “your brother (Kitson) might be playing” and I’ve got a bit of stick over that!

‘When I was at Rotherham, though, I played with Adam Le Fondre and got him a few goals as well. I played with him quite a bit.

‘I did alright at Rotherham. In my last year there I got 12 goals and they offered me another contract but I turned it down and went to Bristol City instead.

‘I had a lot of injuries there and lost my way a bit so I am looking forward to staying in this team now and showing people what I can do.’

Taylor made 42 appearances at Ashton Gate, of which exactly half were starts.

The two-goal return was also a deeply disappointing one and it was mutually agreed with boss Steve Cotterill for him to leave earlier this month.

Pompey swiftly snapped him up and the striker scored once in his opening two matches for the club ahead of the weekend trip to Morecambe. For Taylor, it’s a precious fresh start having been hindered by different injuries during his time at Bristol City.

He added: ‘I had a fracture collarbone and then damaged ankle ligaments in a period where I have not got many goals.

‘I was out for quite a while and not played much football but I’m looking forward to getting into this team now and hopefully doing well. I have had a few injuries and hopefully can wipe the slate clean and crack on with my career.

‘There is not much you can do about injuries.

‘You have just got to put them behind you, get fit, crack on and do the best job you can.

‘I have got to sweep that under the carpet now and concentrate on doing well here.’