Taylor Moore has thanked Nigel Pearson for his honesty in allowing him to leave Bristol City on loan, admitting he didn’t want to spend the season on the periphery of the Robins squad.
Moore has joined SPFL side Hearts for the remainder of the 2021/22 season for the fifth loan spell of his City career, although the Robins do hold a recall clause to potentially bring the 24-year-old back in January.
Moore’s only appearance for City this season was in the Carabao Cup penalty shootout defeat to Forest Green Rovers and he hadn’t made any of the five matchday squads in the Championship having fallen behind Tomas Kalas, Nathan Baker, Rob Atkinson and possibly Zak Vyner in the centre-back hierarchy.
Indeed, due to injury and non-selection, Moore hasn’t played a single minute of Championship football since Pearson took over at the end of February and it became brutally clear at the start of the season he would have to look elsewhere if he wanted to play substantial minutes this term.
Moore was linked with Wigan Athletic but indicated to the Edinburgh Evening News that having played in League One for Bury, Blackpool and Southend United previously, Hearts represented a fresh challenge in a new division and a desirable city such as Edinburgh.
“I’ve had a handful of loans at Bristol City and that’s how the cookie crumbles,” Moore said. “You are still considered a young centre-back at 24. I’ve taken what I could from every loan spell but this one for me is special.
“I’ve been and done League One in England and I wanted a new challenge. Edinburgh is an amazing city. Ultimately, knowing that fanbase is there every week makes a hell of a difference, especially after Covid and empty stadiums.
“I have two years left on my contract at Bristol City and, at 24, I couldn’t afford to sit around and not play.
“I appreciate the manager’s honesty letting me come up here to play for this big club. Something as exciting as Hearts in a lovely city was too attractive to turn down.”
Moore made his debut in Hearts’ 2-0 win at Dundee United coming on as a substitute in the last nine minutes of the match and admits he was “taken aback” at how loud the away support was.
His mission is to now win a place in the Hearts side and with Pearson revealing he is open to converting the defender’s loan move into a permanent switch, positive performances north of the border could present an ideal scenario for Moore and Bristol City, should the Robins manager not hold him in his long-term plans.
“I’m definitely an organiser,” added Moore. “At centre-back you can see the whole pitch so I can organise the whole team. I will give 110 per cent every game. I will try to get on the ball and take risks in the right areas.
“If I can bring that bit of quality I will, but above all I’m here to defend and keep that ball out of the net. I want as many clean sheets as possible to keep us high up the league.”