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ANDY HAPPY TO BE HERE

29 August 2012

Baptism of fire for new arrival...

NEW-boy, Andy Taylor was given a baptism of fire on his Saddlers' debut.

Having signed on a non-contract basis just hours before, the former Sheffield United man found himself up against Shaun Wright-Phillips and a strong QPR line-up.

"It was a case of being thrown in at the deep end," he said with a wry smile. "That said, it was a great experience and I enjoyed the game, even if I did start to feel it a little bit towards the end.

"It was my first game since the play-off Final with Sheffield United. I've been training with Walsall for the past couple of weeks but it's been a stop-start pre-season for me.

"The plan is to get some games under my belt here and hopefully impress enough to earn a deal. This is the first time that I've been out of contract."

The 26 year-old, who had a loan spell at QPR back in 2006, slotted well into the left-back berth in place of the injured James Chambers. "We gave a good account of ourselves, particularly in the first half," he added. "3-0 was harsh on us but they are a classy outfit with some big players in their side.

"That said, we gave as good as we got but in the end they were more clinical.

"We are a young team and it is all part of our learning curve. We have some talented lads here and an excellent spirit."

So, what type of player is the former England Under-20 International? "I'm an attacking full-back who likes to bomb on and whip balls in. The way that Walsall plays really suits my game and that was a big appeal in coming here.

"Now, I'm looking forward to being involved at the weekend and helping us get three points against Brentford in what will be another tough test for us."

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