MATT Taylor admits signing up to Swindon Town’s League Two campaign as player-coach was a ‘no brainer’ after penning a one-year deal to remain at the County Ground.

The experienced winger will link up with Town boss Phil Brown and his assistant Neil McDonald to form an impressive backroom team with more than three decades of coaching experience between them.

While Taylor did receive offers from other clubs, the 36-year-old admitted signing up to Town’s upcoming campaign proved an easy decision.

Taylor told the Advertiser: “I’m really happy, I had a couple of other offers and options that didn’t work for me.

“I’ve loved and enjoyed my time at Swindon Town far more than I thought I would.

“Albeit we didn’t achieve our objective of getting promoted, I really enjoyed last season.

“I loved playing at home and away from home for the fans, and I built up quite a good relationship with them – that goes a long way.

“The fact I live relatively local(ly) played a part also, but the main thing for me is the opportunity of gaining some experience for the next stage of my career – as and when that is I don’t know.

“I really enjoyed the opportunity for me to work with Phil for the last few weeks of the season.

“I have a good relationship with Neil (McDonald) having played for him while he was at West Ham.

“What excites me is I know how much a good coach Neil is. For Phil to be able to bring him in is a really positive thing and it shows the intent of the football club.

“Now we’ve got a management team in place, we now need to start looking at players for the future as well.”

Combining family life with his coaching role and continuing to star on the field appears to work well for Taylor, who has more than 600 professional games under his belt.

Having originally played for Luton Town in the late 1990s, Taylor’s career blossomed at Portsmouth before stints in the Premier League and Championship with Bolton Wanderers and West Ham respectively.

A return to the Premier League followed with Burnley in 2014 before he decided to join Northampton and eventually Swindon, where he has settled into his new life well.

“Swindon ticks a lot of boxes for me,” said Taylor.

“It ticks major boxes in terms of I have the opportunity to work with an extremely experienced manager, who I can only benefit from - and I have done in the last 12 weeks.

“I can work with an extremely experienced and successful assistant manager in Neil, and I get to work for a great football club.

“It was a no brainer, really. For me and where I am in my life at the moment I’m really excited by the opportunity that the football club and the club have offered me.”