Taylor: For club and country
12th August 2013
Neil Taylor is relishing kicking off a new season for both club and country.
The left-back is part of the Wales squad preparing for Wednesday's international friendly with the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff, while on Saturday he will be part of Michael Laudrup's plans as the Swans start their Barclays Premier League season with a home clash against champions Manchester United.
It promises to be a busy week for the 24-year-old, who aims to start it by winning his 11th Wales cap.
Taylor, who returned from a broken ankle in April, is now fully fit as he looks towards a massive year ahead on the domestic, European and international stages.
"It will be good to be back with Wales," said Taylor, who started the Swans' Europa League second leg in Malmo last week. "And Ireland will be a good friendly at this stage of the season because it will be a bit like a Premier League game.
"We are close to the new season with our clubs but I'm looking forward to getting back around the Wales lads again because I've missed out on that for a whole season.
"I feel ready for the season now. People asked whether the summer came at a bad time for me because I had got back playing again.
"But it was perfect, giving me the extra little break so I didn't do too much too soon.
"Then coming back has been brilliant and I'm up to speed.
"I'm not missing games or training as a result of anything, so I can't wait."
Meanwhile, Taylor has been joined in the Wales squad by club-mate Jazz Richards, who has been called up following James Collins' withdrawal. It takes the Swans' involvement up to four with captain Ashley Williams and Ben Davies also included.