Greg Taylor’s pride in reaching Cambridge United appearance milestone
Greg Taylor has spoken of the pride in playing his 350th game for Cambridge United.
The captain reached the landmark in the 1-0 defeat to Stevenage last weekend, but is focused on adding a second promotion to his CV at the U's, which could be achieved away at Harrogate Town tonight (Friday, April 30, kick off 7pm) with a point all that is really required.
“You don’t really get too many opportunities in your career to be at one club for a long period of time,” said Taylor.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself here, and I’m really proud to hit those kinds of milestones.
“We’ve been working this week to try to get the best result possible we can on Friday, and if that happens then we could have something special to celebrate.”
Taylor is one of two surviving members of the U's squad that earned promotion from the Conference in 2014, the other being Harrison Dunk, and can see similarities between the two groups of players.
“I think in both squads the team spirit has been a huge part of that,” said Taylor.
“When you look at promotion teams, if you probably ask a few of the lads in those teams then the team spirit is massive. It’s definitely one thing that is definitely there in both teams.
“And just a freedom to go and play really, especially maybe this year we’ve got a little bit more of a freedom to go and play; Bonz (head coach Mark Bonner) gives us that encouragement to go and do it.
“I’m one of the senior ones now, I think Wes (Hoolahan) just pips me to be a little bit older which I’m quite happy about.
“I have to use that experience to try to help some of the younger ones who haven’t been in this situation before, so it’s just a few words here and there to try to keep the group calm really.”
Taylor admits that to help the U's into League One would be a “massive” achievement, and it would also be the highest tier in which he has reached.
“I had the first bit of success with the club to get back into the Football League and the reason why I’ve stayed is that I do want to help push the club forward and it would be brilliant to get to the latter stage of my career, where I might not have too many years left, but I’ve still got a couple in me and that could be at a higher level,” he added.
“It would be brilliant for me.”