ANDREW Taylor is looking forward to making a new bid for the Premier League after signing for Wigan Athletic.
The 27-year-old Hartlepool-born defender yesterday ended his three-year stay at Cardiff City by signing for Uwe Rösler’s Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls.
Taylor had been a mainstay in the Bluebirds side under Malky Mackay, who had signed him from Middlesbrough in the summer of 2011.
But the controversial departure of Mackay and the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer resulted in the former Boro star defender finding himself frozen out by the Premier League strugglers.
Solskjaer had brought in Fabio from Manchester United and the Hartlepool-born defender’s days looked numbered.
He has now left to join relegated Cardiff’s promotion rivals Wigan, signing a three-year deal at the DW Stadium.
“Wigan Athletic are a big club, with Premier League experience and big aspirations,” said Taylor.
“The manager seems really good and I think his record when he came to the club last season speaks volumes.
“It’s a fresh challenge for me and one I’m very excited about.
“I had three good years at Cardiff but everything has to come to an end and I’m looking forward to getting started at the DW Stadium.”
Rösler has transformed the Latics since taking over the Lancashire club in December.
And he said he was delighted to snap up the Poolie on a free transfer.
“I’m very, very happy to get a player of Andrew’s stature,” explained the German.
“He was the captain of Malky Mackay’s promotion-winning team.
“Andrew is a very experienced and reliable player who is at the best stage of his career and I’m looking forward to working with him.
“He has all the qualities in his position that we are looking for – physically, technically and he’s very good and tactically.
“He’s willing to go forward, participating in our play offensively and he’s another cornerstone in our team for next season.
“The quality he’s shown as a player for Middlesbrough and Cardiff is good but in particularly at Cardiff where he was captain of their promotion-winning team.
“I think that will do us very well as a team in next season’s campaign, especially when we’re bringing in younger players who need experienced players on the side to develop in the best way.”
Taylor, who played all the England levels up to and including the Under 21s, was the first choice number three at Cardiff under Mackay.
In his first season, the former Hartlepool Sports Personality of the Year. helped the Bluebirds to the Carling Cup final at Wembley, where they lost on penalties to Liverpool.
Cardiff lost in the play-offs at the end of the season – again on penalties – but they romped to promotion in 2012-13 as the Welsh club reached the Premier League.
He was Mackay’s first-choice left-back in the top flight but the sacking of the Scot – who had been Taylor’s boss during a loan spell at Watford – proved a crucial moment for the gifted left-footer.