Wycombe Wanderers striker Lyle Taylor has revealed that he is ‘happy to feel like a footballer again’ following his move to the Adams Park side.

The 33-year-old joined the Chairboys after his release from Nottingham Forest in the summer, where he failed to make a single appearance for the Premier League club last season.

He would go on to make his debut for the club in the 1-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Trophy, which was his first competitive club appearance in any capacity since May 2022.

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Speaking on his debut, Taylor told the Free Press: “It was good to be back and I’m so glad to be here with a manager who wants me.

“I came through the game completely unscathed and we’ll now build to face Reading.”

On his move to Wycombe, he added: “Being wanted is the biggest thing in football.

“You get to an age where being wanted is the most important thing and that outweighs everything.

“That’s where I’m at now.

“I want to play for a club that wants me, and I want to play for a club that wants me to play for them.

“That’s where I am at the moment and I will do everything I can to try and help this team.

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“I’m glad I’m here.”

Talks about a transfer to Wycombe had been on the cards since the end of August following regular dialogue between himself and manager, Matt Bloomfield.

However, these chats took place between a trial at Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship where no move materialised, along with a brief stint at Gillingham where a transfer failed to take place.

No officially a Wanderer, Taylor, who has scored six goals in seven matches against the Chairboys, is hoping to get the ball moving when the domestic league action returns on November 25.

He explained: “A few things happened that were out of my control and the manager’s control, which left us both in a sticky situation.

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“However, the conversation was open all summer.

“We were in a place where I called him and explained that I was sorry that certain things happened in the way that they happened, and I said to the gaffer that I hope he didn’t feel I was disrespecting him or the club as I didn’t mean that.

“He said that he didn’t feel that way and he said he appreciated the call to explain that.

“I don’t think that happens much in football as everyone speaks through intermediaries, so a player rarely speaks to a manager that he doesn’t play for.”

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Finally, on making his debut against AFC Wimbledon, a club where he scored 55 goals in 150 matches, he concluded: “I love that club.

“When Bayo [Akinfenwa] says that Wycombe are his club, Wimbledon are my club.

“But you need to put that to one side when you play against them.”