The young fullback is now proving himself Premier League class.
Taylor told the Independent: "I got my foot stuck in the floor. My knee was strained and I was out for up to two months. Being injured, added to my lack of size, didn't help. I wasn't as sharp at the time when I needed to be and the decision was made to release me.
"It was horrible. The worst part was going to City to be told with my mum. The coaches were upset, too and said: 'We know you have the ability so make sure we're seeing you as a professional in years to come'. That stuck in my mind and I didn't want to walk away from the game. My parents had worked so hard for me so it was tough. I had to start again."