Taylor Maloney’s performances throughout this season had earned him regular starts, keeping out the likes of Billy Bingham and Frankie Raymond from the starting eleven.
However, Maloney is currently battling through injury which has kept him out of contention for a number of weeks now. Prior to picking up the injury, Alex Exadactylos spoke with the young midfielder on his career to date…
Q. Taylor, thank you for joining us today. Please tell us about how the academy set up at Charlton helped you in the early stages of your career?
A. The Charlton academy set up is probably one of the best in the country. The amount of players that have come out of the academy is pretty incredible to be fair. Even during my time at the club, there are players that are playing in the Premier League now, it’s a credit to the football team.
Q. Describe to us the feeling of making your debut for Charlton in the EFL Trophy in 2017?
A. I was quite young to be honest, I remember it well as I got a late call up and I got to play a few minutes towards the latter stages of the game. I did well and I got myself more involved within the game.
Q. You have had two loan spells at Concord Rangers, what was that experience like?
A. I think when you drop down the leagues you realise that there are different aspects to football, for example, the way you have to play, how you adapt your game and I think these experiences definitely help. I feel these experiences are better than staying around and playing youth team football, so I think that my experiences at Concord definitely helped me.
Q. In 2019, you joined Newport County on loan, what was it like playing in the football league again?
A. It was good, my playing time was limited but when I played I thought I did well at the time.
Q. You scored your first career hattrick against Cheltenham Town in the EFL Trophy. How proud were you of that achievement?
A. It was a crazy game! The score line in the end was 7-4, but I did really well. I don’t tend to score many goals, it’s something that I need to improve on but I was obviously buzzing to get the hattrick.
Q. In 2020, you joined Bromley. What is it like to be part of such an ambitious squad?
A. There’s loads of ambition at Bromley. We have a really good squad, the board and owners share a great ambition of where the club wants to go. Going forward as a team, we just have to get more wins and hopefully we can rise further up the league table.