Taylor earns his boss’s plaudits

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IT takes all sorts to make up a team and the least vaunted of Rotherham United’s midfielders, Jason Taylor is putting his case forward in the face of strong opposition.

Indeed, this week manager Steve Evans insisted that, right now, the 25-year-old Taylor is one of the first names on the teamsheet.

“He’s not a Kari Arnason, with that sort of class; he’s the opposite because he can’t play,” said Evans whose side entertain leaders Gillingham in League Two’s top match today.

“But what determination to win and to battle and to put his stamp on the game,” added the Millers boss of the former Stockport County player.

“I’ll temper the phrase ‘he cannot play’. The nice thing is we have Jason winning the ball and giving it to a Millers shirt.

“The only reason he took himself out of the team earlier on was he thought he could win the ball and pass it - and pass it with difficulty.

“His energy levels have been fantastic, his will to win outstanding and when he does what we ask him to do and what we want him to do - and he does it effectively - I don’t think there’s a better player in the squad.

“As we go forward, right now he is one of the first names on the teamsheet.”

Meanwhile, the club have announced that health insurance providers Westfield Health are to sponsor the disabled areas at the New York Stadium and each will be called the Westfield Health Enclosure.

Chairman Tony Stewart and head of commercial Mark Hitchens concluded the deal with Westfield Health executive director Paul Shires.