Mikey Taylor isn’t entertaining anyone who says, ‘never go back’.
The old adage has plagued many a player and manager in the past, but Taylor reckons that won’t be the same story next season.
The powerful frontman re-signed for Tamworth last week after leaving Bromsgrove Sporting – where he scored 31 goals in 35 appearances.
His stint at the Rouslers couldn’t be any more disconnected from his previous spell at Tamworth.
Under manager Dennis Greene, things didn’t click for the 33-year-old, and he left for Stratford Town having made just eight appearances.
But fans will be reading a different kind of story this time around, he says.
“I’ve only got a point to prove to myself,” Taylor, who is nicknamed ‘The Beast,’ said.
“Everyone that I have played against knows what I’m about and I know the management here are going to get the best out of me. It’s about being happy and keeping on banging in the goals.
“It’s a much different club now. I said it to Ryan Beswick when we [Bromsgrove] played Tamworth the first time after I’d left that it was different.
“I’m delighted to be back and can’t wait to get going here again. I want to win something. That’s what made my decision so much easier. What they’ve done the last two years and where they were, plus the detail the management team go into, I thought ‘this is for me, and I want some of this.’”
With a packed pre-season schedule ahead of them, Taylor reckons they will need to hit the ground running if they are to set themselves up for success.
“We need a pre-season, we’ve had too long off,” Taylor added.
“I need to learn as well. A majority of these lads who have stayed, they’re used to the management’s ways and their coaching style so it might take a little while to get used to the culture and how they do things and their demands.
“I think this season will be about who prepares well. Especially in this league, anyone who knows this level knows anybody can beat anybody so it’s all down to preparation. Who prepares the best will be up there.
“I look forward to the competition for places too, but it’s more about the team game for me, that’s what brought me here. I like the fairness of things and the fact that there’s a plan.
“Some games I might be starting, and I might be on a good run – but then the next game might not be for me. Nothing’s nailed on.”
It always helps when you walk into a dressing room filled with familiar faces.
As it happens, Taylor will be in some good company when the Lambs return for pre-season next week – and they’ve helped his decision to make the move.
“I’ve known Jas Singh and [Ryan] Beswick for years and they both talk highly of these guys [Gary Smith and Andrew Danylyszyn], so I’m looking forward to working with them.
“I know a majority of the team to be honest as well, and that helps massively. I’ve played with Coxy [Chris Cox], Orrin [Pendley] and Jordaan Brown, they’re my good friends, same with Shaq McDonald.”