Departed Jon Taylor on Rotherham United, rotating wingers, the best three years of his life and what comes next

By Paul Davis | 15/06/2019

Departed Jon Taylor on Rotherham United, rotating wingers, the best three years of his life and what comes next
Jon Taylor

FORMER Rotherham United winger Jon Taylor is waiting for the phone to ring to discover where he'll be playing his football next season.

The attacker describes his three years with the Millers as the happiest time of his life but he rejected the offer of a new deal and has yet to sign for another side.

“I don't know where I'll be,” he told the Advertiser this week. “I haven't got anything sorted.

“I told the manager before the final game of last season that I'd rather shake hands, have a hug and make a decision then. That was better than dragging things on.

“I knew in my head that I wanted to try something new. I didn't have a club sorted at that time and I still haven't now. I'm just waiting for my agent to call to see what options I've got really.”

Two of the 26-year-old's three seasons with Rotherham were spent in the Championship and he would relish the chance to remain at that level.

He featured 44 times for Paul Warne's team as they were relegated from the second tier last term but was frustrated by how many of his appearances came off the bench as the manager made the most of his quartet of wide men.

“Hopefully, I can stay in the Championship,” Taylor said. “I think I have more to give in that division. In the Championship with Rotherham I was always in and out of the team.

“I'd do well for a few games and then I'd get taken out of the team. That wasn't good for my confidence.

“I know the gaffer made a big thing about liking to rotate his wingers but, for me, it was hard because I'd see players in other positions getting a run of games.

“I love my football and just want to play all the time. The gaffer knew how much coming out of the team hurt me. Sometimes the reason was because I'd worked so hard in the previous game. But I work that hard because I can. I never felt I needed a rest.”

Despite his frustration, Taylor has a deep respect for Warne who led the Millers to promotion from League One promotion via the Wembley play-off final in May 2018.

“We got on really well,” he said. “When he first took over, he said he wanted to improve me. I think if you asked him now he would say I have definitely improved. Him dropping me was the only problem we ever had.

“The best moment of my time with Rotherham was winning at Wembley, even though I was actually awful in that game!”

The player is excited about what lies ahead yet admits he departed with a heavy heart.

“It was the right time to leave,” he said. “I'd had three good years and it was time to try something new.

“But it was a tough decision because I love the place. I loved every day. I loved matchdays and I loved just going in on training days.

“Everywhere I went, I met lovely people. I did something with the fans for Danny Dix, the supporter who tragically died. If I see nice people and get on with them, then I'll do my best for them.

“The fans were absolutely amazing and I loved going out to play for them.

“The three years I've had at Rotherham have been the best of my life.”

This article first appeared in the Advertiser

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