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Luton Town striker Joe Taylor happy with Colchester loan..



JOE Taylor says reaching double figures in the goal charts for Colchester United before the midway point of the season is a ‘massive milestone’.


Taylor has been a big hit for the U’s since joining them on a season-long loan from Premier League side Luton Town, scoring ten times in 22 appearances for the club.
Taylor’s latest strike came in Colchester’s 2-1 home defeat against Crawley Town last weekend and the 21-year-old striker feels reaching double figures is a big achievement.
“It’s a massive milestone in my first full season in professional football, to grab that so early on,” said Taylor.
I’m massively proud of myself.
“I feel like I could potentially have had more goals leading into Christmas but with just over half of the season left, I back myself to score a few more.
“I came here wanting game time and I feel like I’ve got that in abundance.
I feel like I’ve played a lot of games and I’ve not had regular game time like this in my whole career, so far.
“To get that is really important for myself but also, it’s allowed me to score goals
I had quite a big jump from playing non-league football to Peterborough, who at the time were in the Championship.
“I went there fully understanding that game time wasn’t going to come.
“I signed there as a first-team player but played in the 23s for the first two weeks.
Similarly, when I moved to Luton I didn’t really expect game time but I got more at Luton than I thought I would.
“I don’t think there’s a specific reason; I think it’s probably down to lack of experience and stuff like that which is why the club were keen to send me out and for me to gain that, this season.”
Taylor joined Luton in January from Peterborough United, helping them reach the Premier League following their play-off final win over Coventry City, at Wembley
The young striker admits he knew a loan move this season would be the best option all round, following the Hatters’ elevation to the top flight.
Taylor said: “I’m not naïve; I believed that if Luton did go up, I was preparing to go out on loan.
“Obviously I was going to come back in pre-season and give it my all and give myself the best
opportunity of getting in the side but I knew deep down that I needed to get out and play games.
Luton going up was the best day of my life.
“People didn’t really back Luton to go up but the year before that, they got to the semi-finals of the play-offs and the year before that, they were in and around it again.
“I believe it was about time Luton went up, as they’d been in and around it for a couple of years and we had the day at Wembley.”
Taylor is preparing for Colchester’s visit to high-flying Wrexham.
The U’s are aiming to end a four-match losing run that has left them a place above the relegation zone, in League Two.
“I’m looking forward to it,” added the Wales under-21 international.
“People on the outside will be thinking after a few poor results, we’re going to a top side who came up this year but credit where credit’s due,
they’re flying so we’ve just got to go there, put all that aside and just think ‘it’s another game of football’.”


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