Andrew Taylor gives his first interview as a Wigan Athletic player.
Latics’ first summer addition Andrew Taylor says a 30-minute chat with Uwe Rosler made his decision to move to the DW Stadium from Cardiff City an easy one.
Taylor, who helped the Bluebirds to promotion to the Premier League in 2013, has signed a three-year deal at the DW Stadium and becomes Rosler’s second permanent addition after Martyn Waghorn signed up midway through last season.
And the 28-year-old explained to wiganlatics.co.uk that the German boss sold the move to him over a chat in the past few weeks.
“I spoke to the manager for about 30 minutes and after I’d put the phone down I was immediately on to my agent to say that’s the club for me,” Taylor explained.
“Wigan Athletic is a big club, with Premier League experience and big aspirations.
“The manager seems really good and I think his record when he came to the club last season speaks volumes.”
Taylor, who began his career with Middlesbrough, where he progressed through the youth ranks to make over 150 first-team appearances, helped his second club Cardiff City to promotion in 2013.
And the Hartlepool-born full back says he hopes to use his experiences in South Wales to benefit the current Latics squad.
“If I can benefit the other lads in any way possible from what we achieved at Cardiff then that’s great,” he added.
“The lads here already know about the consistency, though, because they found it in the second half of last season and, if you take away the start, they’d have been up there for automatic promotion anyway.
“It’s an exciting fresh challenge for me and hopefully we can have a good pre-season, start this season well and get the promotion.”
Taylor knows current Latics Scott Carson and Rob Kiernan well; the England international stopper is an old friend whilst young defender Kiernan was a youngster at Watford when Taylor spent time on loan at Vicarage Road in 2011.
And, though Taylor is sad to leave his teammates at Cardiff behind, he is excited to join up with his new colleagues for pre-season.
“I had a great three years at Cardiff and thoroughly enjoyed my time there but everything has to come to an end, unfortunately,” Taylor said.
“Everything about the Wigan move excites me and I’m looking forward to getting started.
“I already know Scott Carson through mutual friends and Rob Kiernan was a young lad at Watford when I was there on loan and he’s gone on to do really well for Wigan.”