Left-back joins Royals ranks in loan move from WiganReading Football Club are delighted to announce that left-back Andrew Taylor has completed a season-long loan deal from Wigan Athletic, arriving at Madejski Stadium three days before the start of our 2015-16 campaign.
Royals boss Steve Clarke said, "I'm delighted that we were able to get Andrew Taylor to join our squad for this season. He brings good experience and different attributes to our left back position.
"This was an area in the squad where we needed to make an addition and I feel we have made a good signing in Andrew. I look forward to Andrew and Jordan competing to make this another strong position in our team."
Taylor, who turned 29 last weekend, started 27 times for the Latics last season after moving to the DW Stadium in June 2014.
He had spent the previous three seasons with Cardiff City, helping the Welsh outfit reach the Carling Cup Final in 2012 and featuring in a game which the Bluebirds only narrowly lost on penalties against Liverpool.
He went on to win the Championship title and promotion the following season and was a Premier League regular for Cardiff in their one season in the top flight.
The versatile and vastly experienced full-back, who hails from Hartlepool, originally graduated through the Academy ranks at Middlesbrough alongside the likes of David Wheater and Adam Johnson, with whom he won the FA Youth Cup in 2004.
A regular England youth international at every age level, Taylor went on to spend a total of seven years as a professional at the Riverside, making his Premier League bow against Arsenal in January 2006 and going on to tot up nearly 100 Premier League appearances for the Teessiders.
Now a Royal until the end of the 2015-16 campaign, Taylor will be eligible to pull on a Royals shirt for the first time when we visit Birmingham City on Saturday for this year’s Championship curtain-raiser at St Andrew’s.
Chief Executive Nigel Howe added, “This was a great opportunity to add some considerable experience to the defensive options we already have within our squad and I’m delighted Andrew has chosen to be part of what we are trying to build here at Reading this season.”
As always, the completion of the loan deal remains subject to normal ratification by the relevant football authorities.