SWINDON Town supporters have applauded Matt Taylor’s glittering career after he confirmed on social media this morning that this season will be his last as a professional footballer.

Taylor, 37, has spent the last two seasons in Wiltshire after joining Town following his departure from Northampton at the end of the 2016-17 season.

In his first season at the County Ground, Taylor scooped the Swindon Advertiser Fans Player of the Year.

Despite a series of niggling injuries, Taylor has still appeared 32 times for Town this season – scoring three goals.

His reliability when stepping over a free-kick and leadership qualities on the pitch have led Advertiser readers to wish Taylor a happy retirement.

One fan said: “Thank you for 20 years of given many fans good memories, was gob smacked and chuffed to hell when you signed for Swindon Town. Had wanted it to happen for years, you are a legend and proud you signed for us.”

Another reader wrote: “Was great to have you on board Matty. A true gent and talent on the ball. Good luck for the future.”

And: “Good luck Matty, you deserve it. I for one see you as a very inspirational player and hopefully this will stand you in good stead for your further career.”

Nine fixtures remain in Swindon Town’s League Two campaign, with the club positioned seven points short of the play-off frame with nine fixtures remaining.

Taylor stated that he hopes to make more memories on the pitch before finally hanging up his boots in May.

Other messages included: “Thanks for all that you've given to the world of football Matty T. Hope there is a full time coaching role here for you too. The legs may not be what they were but your experience and knowledge are what are invaluable now.”

And lastly: “Well played. Enjoy the retirement and stay close to Swindon - I'm sure you'll get the top job here some day - if you want it.”