The much-loved A-League personality sat down with The Football Sack to discuss Adelaide’s season, Ersan Gulum’s cars and his best ever tweets (and maybe some football too).

In a league full of stone-faced athletes and media-trained protégés Adelaide United’s Taylor Regan is a welcome breath of fresh air.

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Regan’s presence in A-League conversations travels much further than his rather successful playing career, something the 29-year-old doesn’t give himself enough credit for.

The proud Novocastrian has managed 85 A-League appearances across 7 seasons, donning the armband for a handful of matches at the Jets along the way. The defender has been used sparingly this season but is relishing his move to the City of Churches after a short tenure in Malaysia.

A year-long stint captaining Negeri Sembilan FA in Malaysia was an interesting change of scenery for ‘Reegs’ after becoming one of the many victims left behind by his boyhood club at the conclusion of a nightmare 2014/15 season.

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Playing under an NSL-winning coach in Gary Phillips alongside Andrew Nabbout, Joel Chianese and Alex Smith was a rewarding sea change.

“I really enjoyed Malaysia. I loved it, but it had plenty of frustrations professionally,” Regan said.

“We were doing really well but for political reasons at the half-way point of the season they decided Andrew and Joel weren’t good enough and sacked them, which left the rest of us dumbfounded.

“From there it went a little pear-shaped.”

So far the switch to Adelaide has also been a quiet success in part due to the city’s quietness.

“I love the beach and I don’t like traffic, put it that way,” said Regan.

“Adelaide works and I can’t say how much I like the place enough.”

This satisfaction was also evident when discussing his current team, even though injuries have limited the Hunter Valley product to just six starts this season.

“We have a really good group and that’s shown on the pitch, obviously last weekend we were terrible but in terms of the group you can see that we’re together as one and strong.

“On paper we aren’t as good as some of the top sides, but we match it with every side and I think that shows the morale around the group.”

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Although Regan has been featured sparingly by Marco Kurz thanks to the arrival of central defensive colleague Ersan Gulum, the relationship between the former Jet and the Turkish veteran epitomizes the morale within the Reds’ playing group.

When asked how his Dodge Calibre stacks up to Gulum’s ride, Taylor bit back in trademark fashion.

“Ersan’s car? Which one?

“Are we talking about his Porsche, are we talking about his Lamborghini, or are we talking about his Ferrari? I’m not sure.”

But without changing stride the defender reiterated his respect for Ersan, though not without dishing another light-hearted jab.

“He’s very humble for what he’s achieved in his career and the sort of bank account that he’s carried with it.

“He’s a good guy and doesn’t talk too much about his money, he just prefers to take us to one of his pubs every time he goes to Melbourne.

“We’ve been to Melbourne seven times this year and we’re been to seven different pubs that he owns. It’s been good.”

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Long time followers of Regan might regard his social media presence as the most prized aspect of the Adelaide man’s A-League career with the centre-back one of Australian football’s most endearing Twitter personalities.

 

Regan’s follower count of around 2150 is far less than what he deserves and pushing the envelope is something he does fantastically as evidenced by a quick profile scroll.

“I try to be as politically correct as I can on there but I like to get the message across, stir people up a little bit and have fun,” said Regan.

“That’s sort of my full intention. If I have to upset people I’m playing against or opposition fans so be it, but they all know it’s just a joke.”

In a fiercely competitive Australian sporting market Regan’s online persona bodes well for the A-League too, at least according to the man himself.

“There’s plenty of personalities around the league and I have plenty of mates that get on there and have a bit of banter, it’s fun and it’s good for the game as well.

“In Australia we’re competing against Rugby League. We’re competing against AFL, Union, Cricket.

“It’s important to have personalities that get out there and say things that may be a little bit on the rough side but show the Aussie character, the Aussie nature and the light-heartedness of things.”

Reegs even gave us inside access to some of his all-time favourite tweets.

“Obviously there’s ones that are for the fans. I did one of those in Malaysia when I was leaving and thanked the fans.

“Towards the end I put a little bit of Malaysia Bahasa in it.

“That got me plenty of retweets”.

 

“Before the FFA Cup final I had a little bit of a dig at Sydney FC fans for not filling their stadium and mentioned that maybe Western Sydney fans should help.

“That got me abused as I was walking in the gates to the final.”

 

“Forrest Gump’s one of my all time favourite movies, so when I made reference to the VAR being like a box of chocolates, I thought that was pretty smart by myself.”

At times this can be to the grief of Adelaide’s media manager, but Taylor says they make a solid tandem.

“When they’re borderline I generally take a screenshot, send it and then ask if I can post it.

“He just basically tells me yes or no but it’s usually no.

“He’s saving my reputation he keeps telling me.”

When all is said and done Adelaide’s number five has no regrets about where he’s at.

“Maybe sometimes I say things I probably shouldn’t say and I get a little bit of grief, but at the end of the day I’m just a fan of football as well,” said Regan.

“I’m just lucky enough to play it professionally. I’m not the most talented footballer in the world.

“I probably just see myself as the cliché Australian; hard working and willing to get stuck in.”

And for the man affectionately known as Reegs, this philosophy has paid dividends both on and off the pitch.

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