SWINDON WILDCATS: Taylor backs youth to lead the way
LORIS Taylor feels a young roster can play into the hands of Swindon Wildcats and says that even the more youthful members of the team have significant EPL experience.
The average age in the Wildcats line-up is just under 24 with nine of the 17-strong squad being 22 or under, but for Taylor, age does not necessarily equal success.
The forward, 20, is one of the more seasoned youngsters at Swindon, while other young players such as D-man Stevie Whitfield have several campaigns under their belt.
“If you look at the team we have got a lot of young players. Apart from a couple of people the average age is quite low, me being one of them,” said Taylor.
“Technically this is my second senior year but really it’s my fifth season with the Wildcats.
“It’s strange to think that I’ve been around for a while although I’m not very old, but it’s an advantage in a way because I know what the league is like.
“I know what to expect and you get to know how people play, and that is a valuable thing to have.
“Any team can bring an import in who doesn’t have a clue what the league’s like, so it does pay off to have a few youngsters who do.
“It’s a really new squad this year whereas the past couple of years it has been the same people with one or two changes.
“It’s a bunch of new people but we all get on already, nobody has got bad blood with anyone from before and it’s a good laugh in the room.”
Taylor accepts that he and his fellow youngsters still have plenty to learn and says the right figures are in the camp to pass on their knowledge.
“Stevie Lyle, Aldy (head coach Ryan Aldridge) and Moorsy (skipper Shane Moore) are wise and their opinions count to all of us younger people because we look up to them,” said Taylor.
“The leaders that there are and no matter what they say, everyone will take it in because they have been around the game longer.
“They are good leaders and good role models, especially Stevie, being one of the best goalies in the country.
“He is probably the most professional person in the team, bearing in mind where he’s played.”
Swindon take on EPL rivals Telford in a double-header this weekend, with the opening game taking place at the Link Centre tomorrow (5.45pm).
The Wildcats won their opening challenge game on Wednesday, triumphing 4-2 against visitors Slough.
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