Swansea City Under-23s Neil Taylor
17th August 2016
Swansea City defender Neil Taylor says he's ready for Premier League action after playing 82 minutes for the development squad on Monday.
The defender, who helped Wales reach the semi-finals of the European Championships this summer, featured alongside first-team players Ki Sung-Yueng and Gerhard Tremmel to gain match fitness.
The 27-year-old, who starts his seventh season with the Swans missed the sides season opening day win against Burnley last week, but revealed he can't wait to get back to Premier League action.
"It was a good game, it was nice to get the minutes under my belt," said the Wales defender.
"It is great to get that feeling of playing again. I have had a bit of time off after the Euro's which was nice to enjoy but now it is all about getting myself match fit and ready for the Premier League campaign.
"You can only get that match fitness by playing games, which is why myself, Ki and Gerhard all wanted to be involved this week.
"We needed that competitive action to get fitness, any opportunity to play a game we will take but I feel ready for the season."
With over 150 Swans appearances to his name, the Welsh international added valuable experience in defence to the Under-23s side.
And Taylor, who almost provided an assists for Oli McBurnie in the first half, hailed the young Swans hunger and desire as the development side battled to beat West Brom 1-0 in the Premier League Two, Division Two season opener.
"Looking at the team I played alongside on Monday night there are some very talented players around," he continued. "I was very surprised with how well the players played and how competitive the game was.
"Their mentality and hunger at this level is great to see, it was joy to play with them and I hope they have a great season.
"It looks like the Under-23s league will be competitive which can only help develop our younger players but I still think it will still be important players at this age range get time out on loan.
"If you can keep getting first-team players involved with this league to pass experience onto younger lads it can help them progress to the first team.
"There is definitely young talent coming through for the Swans. All the players put in a great performance on Monday and showed what they can do. The hunger and desire they have to take that step up and make it to the next level."
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