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Taylor hangs up his boots

Filed: Tuesday, 19th March 2019
By: Staff Writer

Former Hammer Matt Taylor has announced his intention to retire from the game.

Taylor, now 37, spent three season at West Ham between 2011 and 2014 helping the club back to the Premier League following relegation under Avram Grant in 2011.

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And earlier today the current Swindon midfielder took to social media in order to announce his decision to retire as a professional, 20 years since making his pro debut for Luton Town.

"After 20 years as a professional footballer, the time has come for me to retire at the end of the current season," he wrote.

"I have loved every minute from leaving school at 16 years of age to pursue my dream and will look back on it all with the fondest of memories."

Taylor became Sam Allardyce's third signing for West Ham when he arrived in a 2.2million switch from Bolton Wanderers.

Speaking at the time, he admitted that he had "no second thoughts" about joining the Hammers.

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"This is a great opportunity to come and play for a fantastic football club," he said. "I want to be part of something special and, from the outset, it looks like I will find that here."

He went on to make 90 appearances for West Ham over the course of the next three years - including a full 90 minutes in the play-off final against Blackpool in May 2012 - whilst scoring three goals.

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