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Neil Taylor says Swansea City can reflect on a satisfactory season

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 17, 2014

Neil Taylor says he has no idea what his footballing future holds.

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NEIL Taylor reckons after all the turbulence of the last nine months, Swansea City can reflect on a satisfactory season.

Swansea's difficulties during the last campaign have been well documented.

A European programme saw domestic form suffer, leading to Michael Laudrup's sacking amid rumours of dressing room discontent.

But Garry Monk ended up steering Swansea to 42 points and 12th in the table, well clear of the bottom three.

They finished the campaign by taking nine points from the last 12 available, and Taylor believes all's well that ends well.

"I think the result against Sunderland played a big part in whether we looked at the season positively or negatively," he said.

"In the end, when you consider we were in the Europa League and finished 12th, you can't really be too disappointed with that.

"It's been a bit crazy. One minute it was all doom and gloom and then it's all great.

"People have to look at it positively now because we've finished higher up and made the club more money.

"If you'd offered us that at the start of the season we wouldn't have dismissed it. We'd have said that, realistically, with the Europa League, that's okay.

"It makes a huge difference being in Europe. Next season we won't have that so we can look to do well in the cup competitions again."

For Taylor, the season has also been difficult on a personal level.

After 2012-13 was almost entirely wiped out by a serious ankle injury, the former Wrexham man hoped to re-establish himself in the starting XI this term.

But the form of Ben Davies largely restricted him to the role of understudy.

Of Taylor's 25 appearances, only six were Premier League starts.

"I missed last season through injury so I really wanted to play games. Unfortunately I didn't play that many this year and I didn't manage to get out on loan either," he said.

"I'll look back at the number of games I played, which is still a good number because we had so many, I'll reflect and then look to next season.

"A lot of players say I want out, I want this or that, but I'm contracted to a football club, they pay my wages so I do what's asked of me.

"You've got to do your job because you're paid by the football club and fans travel I don't know how many miles to watch us.

"It's your job to play and play well for the team when you're called upon. If you don't it's not good enough."

Taylor must now spend time contemplating his future.

The 25-year-old remains under contract, but is anxious to play more regularly, not least to boost his international chances.

"I've no idea what will happen next season," he added.

"Like I've said before the most important thing is that you do your job for the team and that's what I've had to do.

"I'm going to have a holiday with my family now and think about it over the summer.

"But I'm contracted to the club so there's only so much I've got to think about.

"I speak to Garry Monk regularly, everyone is quite open like that."

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