‘Difficult’ - Taylor Moore makes Bristol City admission after ‘kick up back side’

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Moore is out of contract with Bristol City in the summer - but has found a new home

Bristol City defender Taylor Moore has thanked Shrewsbury Town manager Steve Cotterill for 'kicking him up the backside' which was the kick he needed. Moore is on a season-long loan at the New Meadow and is out of contract with the Robins in the summer.

The 25-year-old joined Shrewsbury in early July but was not part of City's first-team plans when pre-season training resumed at the High Performance Centre. He admitted that as a result of his lack of future at City, that his fitness levels dropped as a result of clarity on his future.

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Since making the move, Moore has found himself enjoying his latest loan spell away from Ashton Gate. He has been converted into a central midfielder and has played 21 games this season.

"I joined up with the team in Spain for pre-season, and the manager saw it early doors - that I was not as fit as I could be," he said to the Shropshire Star.

"It was mainly from a lack of game time and lack of game time in pre-season with Bristol City as I had one foot out the door already, and it is always difficult as a player to know where you stand and to keep on top of your fitness as well.

"A lot of it is down to me – I think I needed the kick up the backside from the manager that I got, and it is a lot of hard work concentrating on your weight and your running."

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Moore spent last season on loan in the Scottish Premiership with Hearts but was not a consistent figure in the team. The Edinburgh club did not pursue him or City for a return and a move to Shropshire came instead.

Under the stewardship of Cotterill, he has played a consistent run of games and has been present in every match-day squad for Shrewsbury's League One, FA Cup and EFL Cup matches. The move to midfield has placed more demands on Moore given there is a need to be aware of your opponents around you as well as finding your teammates.

He said: "I feel at the beginning I probably struggled a bit more, but now I feel myself growing and having a bigger impact on games than I was at the beginning of the season.

"Over the past 18 months, it was probably where I struggled with match fitness. Being fit and being match fit are two completely different things.

"I think last season I was in and out of the team up in Scotland, we had quite a lot of time off over the summer as well."

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