Olyroo Taggart in for turbulent transfer window
Taggart is with the Olyroos in Doha preparing for Friday morning’s (AEDT) AFC Under-23 Championship opener against UAE as his side look to gain qualification to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The 2013-14 A-League Golden Boot winner has an uncertain club future at English Championship side Fulham after having his loan at Scottish Premiership outfit Dundee United cut short.
Taggart, 22, is yet to debut at Fulham despite being at the club for 18 months. His first season was dogged by injuries but he is desperate to play now he is fully fit.
But the 2014 World Cup Socceroo has been linked with a move away from England and to the A-League with former clubs Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory this transfer window.
“Every transfer window there’s always going to be opportunities for everyone,” Taggart told FourFourTwo.
“There’s always going to be rumours pop up.
“The A-League is always going to be on the radar. It’s a good league and there’s always good opportunities there.
“For me, my focus is to get back playing. I got my body right over the last six months so it’s important I’m playing games.
“Where that is, we’ll have to wait and see over the coming weeks or maybe coming months. I’ll just take it step by step.”
Adding to the uncertainty, Fulham have a new boss in Slavisa Jokanovic, who was appointed late last month, meaning Taggart doesn’t know where he stands at Craven Cottage.
Being away with the Olyroos is untimely, and if they reach the AFC U-23 Championship final, Taggart won’t return to Fulham until the transfer window has shut.
“It’s a difficult one,” Taggart said. “The new manager is keen to see everyone and how everyone will work under his way of coaching and system.
“At the moment I’ll complete this tournament and then go back to Fulham. In the meantime I’ll keep in touch with the club to see what their plans are.
“It’s always possible for them to be in touch with me while I’m here as well.”
Taggart failed to score during his loan spell with Dundee United but feels the move did help him to regain match sharpness ahead of the start of the AFC U-23 Championship.
“It’d be nice to get off to a winning start,” Taggart said.
“It’s extremely important, more mentally than anything else. It’s always going to help you for the long run.
“It’s so important we just concentrate on this first game rather than the end product of qualifying for the Olympics.”
The Olyroos begin their campaign against UAE from 3.30am AEDT on Friday morning.