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NEIL TAYLOR
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  • NEIL TAYLOR
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UPDATED 06:55 17th July 2012




The Swans signed the highly-rated Welsh international from Wrexham in the summer of 2010 on a three-year contract.
The left-back was born in St Asaph in North Wales and spent six years at Manchester City as a youngster until injury prompted him to leave Maine Road at 15.
Despite offers from other top-flight clubs, he opted to join his hometown club Wrexham where he went on to make over 80 first team appearances.
It also earned him a place in the Welsh Under-21 squad before winning his first senior cap under John Toshack in a friendly in Croatia in May 2010, where his progress was also monitored by two Premier League clubs.
Despite being offered a new deal at Wrexham, Taylor opted for the challenge of the Championship with the Swans.
Now a regular in the senior Wales squad, he established himself as a regular in the left-back spot for the Swans and made 30 Championship appearances.
He was unfortunate to get sent-off after just two minutes of the play-off semi-final at Nottingham Forest last season and missed the final victory over Reading at Wembley.
His impressive form then sparked a £1m-plus bid from Newcastle that summer, but he committed himself to the Swans instead with a contract extension.
That paid off for both player and club as Taylor again enjoyed a successful season in helping the Swans to 11th spot in their first Premier League campaign.
Unfortunately he broke his ankle against Sunderland in September 2012, an injury that ruled him out for seven months, but the Wales international made his comeback in the defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in April and featured in the final two games of the season.
Despite his injury, Taylor was handed a new three-and-a-half year contract in December 2012 and his community work off the pitch saw him lift the Club Ambassador of the Year award at the end of season awards night.
The left-back made 25 appearances during the 2013-14 season.
After Ben Davies’ departure ahead of the 2014-15 campaign, Taylor excelled in the starting XI as he featured in 34 of the 38 league games.
His form for the club saw Taylor handed a new four-year deal in June 2015 which sees him commit to the Swans until the summer of 2019.
Taylor made 36 appearances for the Swans during the 2015-16 campaign, which also saw him shine at international level.
He played a key role in helping Wales reach the Euro 2016 semi-finals, in which he also scored his first goal for his country in the 3-0 group stage win over Russia.

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