Taylor Regan, says he didn’t think twice about re-signing with Adelaide United and revealed his excitement about the direction the Club was taking.
The defender inked a new two-year contract extension on Friday and believes there are promising signs ahead.
Regan has quickly become a fan favourite in his time with the Club, due to a catalogue of resolute defensive displays.
Regan, who will remain with the Reds until at least the end of 2018/19 Hyundai A-League season, said it was an “easy decision” to extend his stay with Adelaide.
“Since I’ve arrived everyone’s been very welcoming,” Regan said.
“The fans have been great, the boys have been good, the staff and everyone involved has been really good to me.
“It was quite an easy decision in the end, I didn’t have to take too much thought and it’s one that I’m very happy about.
“There was a little bit of interest from other clubs, but I started talking with Adelaide first.
“They gave me the opportunity to come back to the A-League and I hope I can repay them.”
Regan admitted he never gave his long-term future too much consideration when moving to the Reds from Malaysia.
The 28-year-old joined the team at the start of the campaign as an injury replacement for Jordan Elsey.
“I’m very excited, I sort of never gave it too much thought when arriving here,” Regan said.
“(Being an) injury replacement, big club, big team with big expectations.
“The season hasn’t played out the way that it was intended too obviously.
“But to get some games, get some confidence and get the backing of the club it’s very important for me and the family.”
Regan believes his passion and determination exhibited on the pitch are the main reasons he has quickly endeared himself to the United faithful.
The ex-Newcastle Jets man has impressed in his 10 matches in all competitions under Head Coach, Guillermo Amor.
“Obviously there’s been a lot of talk about the no-nonsense defending and things like that,” he jokingly said.
“But I actually think I’m a silkier player than Dylan (McGowan).
“But the passion and the commitment that a lot of the boys play with I think that’s what the fans like.
“Obviously I give 100 per cent every time I cross the white stripe and I think the fans appreciate that.”
Regan also affirmed the Club is heading in the right direction, following what has been a frustrating season.
“Adelaide for me is a club that has a great history,” he continued.
“Obviously last season winning the title, I want to be a part of that.
“I truly believe Adelaide will be back up there next year and the year after that and that’s what I’m excited about the most.”
Adelaide United host Jeju United in their third AFC Champions League 2017 group stage match on Wednesday, 15 March at Hindmarsh Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.30pm ACDT.