Rotherham winger Jon Taylor appears to rule out Sunderland move

Sunderland manager Jack Ross during  the Checkatrade Trophy match at Stadium of Light on December 4, 2018 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland reportedly held talks with Rotherham United's Jon Taylor this week but he's not keen to join a League One club.

19th April 2019, Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales; EFL Championship football, Swansea City versus Rotherham United; Jon Taylor of Rotherham United controls the ball

Jon Taylor has delivered a hammer blow to Sunderland’s hopes of signing him this summer by admitting to The Star that he wants to play Championship football next season.

The Rotherham United speedster will be a free agent when his contract expires at the end of the month and the Northern Echo reported on Wednesday that he had held talks with Sunderland over a potential move to the Stadium of Light.

Black Cats boss Jack Ross needs to replace Celtic loanee Lewis Morgan and Taylor, who is famed for his pace and his willingness to run at opposition full-backs, appeared to have been chosen as the number one target.

 

But after sampling Championship football with Rotherham during 2018/19, the former Peterborough United man has made it clear that he has little interest in dropping down a division.

“Hopefully, I can stay in the Championship,” Taylor said. “I think I have more to give in that division."

Rotherham United's Jon Taylor battles with Ipswich Town's Dean Gerken and Matthew Pennington during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Rotherham United at Portman Road...

As a result, Sunderland’s last-gasp defeat to Charlton Athletic in the League One play-off final now looks even more damaging. It is abundantly clear that, no matter the size or the potential of this club, Sunderland’s ability to attract new players will always be hindered by their League One status.

In contrast, Barnsley and Luton Town, who beat the Wearsiders to promotion last season, have seen their hopes of landing Taylor substantially boosted.

Jon Taylor of Rotherham United wins a header over Omar Beckles of Shrewsbury Town during the Sky Bet League One Play Off Final between Rotherham United and Shrewsbury Town at Wembley...

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