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Taylor Moore previews tomorrow's game at Bristol Rovers

26 August 2022

Shrewsbury's Taylor Moore spoke to the press ahead of the game at Bristol Rovers.

The 25-year-old, who joined Town on loan from Bristol City back in July, has spent the majority of his career playing as a centre-back but is developing into a central midfielder under manager Steve Cotterill.

Formerly of Lens in France, Moore discussed how he is settling into life at Montgomery Waters Meadow, playing in central midfield and what it will be like coming up against Bristol Rovers as a Bristol City loanee.

ON SETTLING IN:

"I've settled in very well. It’s been quite stop-start. I have been in the team and out the team. But I’m settling into the club. 

"I can’t speak highly enough of everyone here – whether that is staff or the players. Everyone has been really nice. I’m really enjoying it. 

"When I walked into the dressing room there were quite a few familiar faces which was good. I’m at an age now where I’ve played for a certain amount of clubs so you always know someone who knows someone or you’ve come across certain players. 

"Straight away that puts you at ease. But now I’ve had time to get to know everyone I can say we’ve got a really good group of boys here. They have all been really good to me. 

"I’m living next door to Matthew Pennington, we car share sometimes and I always message him even on our days off to see if he fancies a coffee. 

"We went for a coffee and a bit of lunch to analyse what went wrong against Burnley and what we can do better."

ON FIGHTING FOR A STARTING SPOT: 

"I think whenever you go into a club you have to show people that you are here to play. Sometimes that can take a bit of time, which is fine. 

"Sometimes, you go in and you have to come out as well so you can take a step back and see it from another perspective and that helps as well. 

"There have been times over the past few weeks where I’ve not been involved and I've watched from the sidelines. 

"But that has made me appreciate what I need to do maybe a bit more of, what the manager wants me to do a bit more of. 

"I think going into a new dressing room is always exciting. You feel like a new kid going into a new classroom at school.  But I have really enjoyed everything about it so far."

ON PLAYING CENTRAL MIDFIELD:  

"Playing central midfield is a bit new to me. But I have had long conversations with the manager about what he expects from me in there and what I need to work on. 

"That is something I am now shying away from no matter how difficult it has been and probably will get. 

"But I am working hard and I think there are a lot of things, for someone like me who has played at the back, to then go into midfield you have to work a lot more on checking your shoulders, you have to work a lot more on being proactive and anticipating where that second ball is going to drop. 

"There is a long list of things."

ON THE CHALLENGE OF A NEW POSITION: 

"I'm enjoying it. I think I’ve been pushed from pillar to post with different clubs. It’s about finding stability and I think if I get the opportunity to do that in the middle of the pitch then I need to take it. 

"But obviously the manager knows I’m a versatile player and I can play a few different positions so if I can be an asset like that for him and the team then I’ll be very happy."

ON START TO THE SEASON: 

"I have gone from not playing a lot last season to the expectation being there to be as fit as you can and play every week. 

"I don’t want to use it as an excuse but your body has to adapt as well. 

"It’s been a difficult pre-season but one that has got us in good stead moving forward and I think we’ve come up against some very, very, good teams. 

"We have been tested but that is going to hold us in good stead moving forward I’m sure."

ON BRISTOL ROVERS: 

"I am from the area, I have been in and out of Bristol for six or seven years now. I know Bristol Rovers really well. 

"They are a newly promoted team and it’s always really difficult to go to sides that have just come up.  

"They have got a lot of ambition but we have to go there and expect to take three points as we would any game. 

"I think the rivalry (between Bristol City and Bristol Rovers) is a lot bigger than a lot of people realise. But I’m just seeing it as another game for Shrewsbury. 

"I’m just thinking about how I can impact the game and help us come away with three points."

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