It was a long wait – but Lyle Taylor finally has a team to play for, and he has described the feeling as “weird” when he laced up his boots for a domestic competitive game.
33-year-old Taylor signed a short-term contract at the end of last week with Wycombe Wanderers. This has put him back on the pitch after 18 months where keeping himself fit was very much key if he was going to find a new team.
A player that has sometimes found controversy, but always managed to bag goals, can now settle into a proper routine with the Chairboys. His release from Nottingham Forest during the summer was a huge blow, but he never gave up believing in his ability.
He still managed to gain further appearances for his country, Montserrat, even scoring for them. So, it was clear he still hadn’t lost his touch.
The former Charlton Athletic and AFC Wimbledon striker, for whom he scored close to 100 goals between them, had trials at Sheffield Wednesday before Wycombe finally agreed to terms. He made his debut at Adams Park this past weekend in Wycombe’s 1-0 win over his former club Wimbledon.
Talking to the club’s Official YouTube channel, he said. “It’s really difficult to put into words exactly what it means. It was such a weird feeling getting ready to play a game.
“The last competitive game I played in the Football League would have been for Birmingham 18 months ago. It was really nice to be getting ready to play a game of football again. I’m really glad I’m here. It’s been a weird summer and autumn for me, but I’m glad I’m here.
“I have been doing my training and playing international football. It’s going to be a challenge for me. It’s difficult to put enough emphasis on being back and somewhere I’m wanted. I’m really looking forward to getting started in the league.”
Lyle Taylor is not quite a journeyman footballer but is one who is coming to the end of his career, but still has something to offer a club that needs a lift, both on and off the pitch. The type of striker you want on your side, as he will help gain an advantage with his direct style. Wycombe could be the landing spot he needs right now, and if he does enough the short-term deal could turn into a longer one.