MATTY Taylor admits he would love to play for Oxford United in the Sky Bet Championship.

The 30-year-old has been a big hit on loan from Bristol City this season and is the U's top scorer with 17 goals.

He will be key to their hopes of getting past Portsmouth in the League One play-off semi-final, which starts at Fratton Park tomorrow night.

United secured an extension to his loan to allow the striker to feature, but it is expected he will be released at Ashton Gate this summer.

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Taylor has been linked with Pompey but, while all talk of his future is on the back burner, the prospect of turning out for his hometown club in the second tier is very attractive.

"I'm just focusing solely on getting Oxford up and finishing the job that we started," he told the PA news agency.

"I've loved playing for Oxford this year. I've enjoyed every minute of it and living back in Oxford as well.

"They'll obviously be in my thoughts when I make my next decision, but I won't be deciding anything until after the play-offs.

"It would be an amazing success for us all to get promotion and it would be lovely to play for Oxford in the Championship as well, but if not then I'll sit down with my agent afterwards and go from there really."

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Taylor was twice released by Oxford as a youngster and, while he always held an ambition to return one day, he could not have predicted that his comeback would lead to a shot at reaching the Championship.

"I wouldn't have envisaged it, but they've been in League One for a few years now and they've just got better and better over the years," he said.

"It's a massive game in the history of the club. The fans are all excited and I've got family members and mates that all support Oxford and they're buzzing for it.

"It's just a shame that they can't be in the stadium to watch it. That's the only downside. But I'm sure they'd snap your hand off to get promoted either way, to be honest."