ANDREW Taylor finally sealed his move from Middlesbrough to Cardiff City and then set his sights on a return to the Premier League.
The Hartlepool-born defender successfully completed his medical last night before signing a three-year contract at Cardiff City Stadium.
SportMail revealed last Friday that Taylor went through mental anguish before choosing the Bluebirds above his beloved Boro – the club he had been with since the age of nine.
But the 24-year-old hopes the long move to South Wales will get him back to the top flight after spending the last two seasons in the Championship.
He was due to join in training today and will fly out to southern Spain on Saturday with Malky Mackay’s squad for a pre-season trip.
“I’m happy it is now all finalised,” Taylor said.
“It’s been hard for the past couple of weeks because I’ve had a tough decision to make.
“But now it is done, I’m looking to get cracking with pre-season training.
“The lads reported back on Friday and trained yesterday so I’ll get started today.
“We’re going on a pre-season tour to Spain on Saturday and think we’re playing Charlton out there.
“I’m just looking forward to getting started and hopefully having a good season.
“Obviously, one of my ambitions is to get back in the Premier League.
“When I had talks with the manager I asked if it was a realistic aim of his and the club.
“He said ‘of course it is something we’re aiming for’.
“It’s going to be a tough league – you’d probably say there are 12 or more clubs who think they have a chance of going up.”
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