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Jake Taylor




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Taylor joined up with Reading at the age of eight, and would go on to be part of our Academy set up in the following years.

It was under manager Brian McDermott that the Welsh U21s international was handed his first team debut, as a substitute for Julian Kelly in a 3-3 Carling Cup draw at home to Northampton Town in August 2010.

He was then issued with a league bow at Madejski Stadium at the end of that season, replacing Michail Antonio in a 2-1 win over Derby County in May.

Since then, the versatile Ascot-born youth product has enjoyed loan spells with Aldershot, Exeter, Cheltenham and Crawley Town before joining back with the first team come the 2013/14 season.

A change of management meant that the Welsh-man was now under orders from Nigel Adkins, who gave him his first league start for the Royals in almost two years, playing in the centre of midfield in a 1-0 away defeat to Brighton.

He was, however, part of that famous 7-1 home drumming to Bolton later that season, coming on as a 76th minute substitute to replace the hat-trick hero that day Adam Le Fondre. Come May, Taylor signed a contract extension that would keep him at the club for another two years.

The 2014/15 started well for him as he scored his first League goal for Reading, a 26th minute winner at home to Ipswich.

Three games later and he scored his first ever cup goal for the Royals, again it was a winner, this time in the 85th minute away to Scunthorpe in the Capital One Cup.

His only other Reading goal came against Wolves, again in front of the Madejski fans. This time it was a 55th minute strike that aided the Royals in a draw that afternoon, the final score ending 3-3.

Since Steve Clarke’s reign as Reading manager, Taylor has found himself out of favour only appearing three times – all starts against Brighton, Huddersfield and Watford.

Most recently he signed a loan deal with League One side Leyton Orient until the end stages of the 2014/15 season.